the photo featuring President-elect Obama's chief speechwriter Jon Favreau and his colleague that turned up in the media and on the Internet last week.
While the following notation of the usual double standard applied to the sins of the Demos as compared to the sins of the Repubs is accurate, it really isn't the point.
Breitbart observes that "[t]he aggressive iconography of two young drunk men taking advantage of a life-size cutout of a woman - especially a powerful one - would bring an elite college campus to a standstill, force a housecleaning of a Fortune 500 company, ground the Air Force Academy and would, in most cases, ruin the career of a Republican staffer or elected official." He juxtaposes the jocular reaction to Favreau's photograph with that of any comparable Republican:
"If, for instance, President Bush's former speechwriter Michael Gerson had been caught in flagrante cartone, he would have stepped down before the president could fire him. If not, the media, the feminist establishment and the Democratic Party leadership would have destroyed Mr. Gerson and Mr. Bush and crafted a "culture of harassment" umbrella descriptor to hang around the administration's neck in perpetuity.
In GOP land, apologies and resignations are never enough...."
In the case of Favreau, however, "the Democratic double standard on political correctness kicked in immediately as the feminist establishment, the media and even Mrs. Clinton herself came forth to save the fast-rising Obama wordsmith." Whatever moral one draws from this particular episode, it is a striking illustration of the phenomenon that was the subject of Professor Hanson's column.
No. The issue is Hussein. By tolerating this action he is clearly saying, "I have no taste."
But why, you may ask, is this important? Because dear chums it validates those who rightly noted that Hussein had hung around the Reverend Wright because he had no particular problem with listening to someone scream "God damn America!" and better yet, Hussein could use the association to his advantage.
The same applies to his association with Ayers. He knew who Ayers was and what Ayers had done. But again, he had no particular problem with what Ayers was and what he had done, and again better yet, he could use the association to his advantage.
He has no taste. No foundation in middle class morals and mores. He belongs to no group and thus feels free to do as he feels right. There is another word for such a person that I am inching towards using, but I think he deserves a bit longer to prove me wrong.
He is starting to remind me of Nixon without Nixon's base patriotism... and, like Nixon, his loyalty is to someone who is loyal to him. In the end that destroyed Nixon's ability to govern.
At present the media is still in denial, but the far Left is starting to grumble. We shall see how long and how much they will endure from The Chosen One.