I’ve never been one to get especially exercised over hypocrisy; sometimes, it can be a good thing. But there are two examples in this morning’s news of hypocrisy so stunning that they can’t be allowed to pass without comment.
First, Michelle Malkin blows the lid off a story on Lynn Woolsey, a liberal California Democrat with all the usual feminist credentials: “Ms. Woolsey has promoted women’s rights in Afghanistan; called for stronger prosecution of rapists in East Timor; performed in the “Vagina Monologues” to show her solidarity with victims of rape, domestic abuse and genital mutilation; and crusaded for the “United Nations Convention to Eliminate Discrimination Against Women.”
But when one of Ms. Woolsey’s constituents, a 17-year-old girl named Tina Phan, was brutally raped, and the rapist confessed to the crime, Woolsey wrote a letter to the presiding judge, on her Congressional stationery, on behalf of…the rapist: “Stewart Pearson is a young man from a supportive family. I believe he has a promising life ahead of him, and I urge you to consider these factors when deciding on a suitable sentence.”
Why? Because the rapist is the son of one of Woolsey’s aides. It is hard to argue with Ms. Malkin’s indictment of Woolsey:
Maybe if Tina Phan had been raped in a Third World country thousands of miles away and demanded a U.S. tax-subsidized abortion, Ms. Woolsey would have come to her aid. Instead, when it came down to putting her high-minded liberal ideals where her mouth was, she betrayed an innocent young constituent without hesitation.
The second instance of breathtaking hypocrisy comes from John Kerry. Kerry has made opposition to “special interests” the principal theme of his campaign. But the Los Angeles Times reports this morning that:
Sen. John F. Kerry sent 28 letters in behalf of a San Diego defense contractor who pleaded guilty last week to illegally funneling campaign contributions to the Massachusetts senator and four other congressmen.
Between 1996 and 1999, Kerry participated in a letter-writing campaign to free up federal funds for a guided missile system that defense contractor Parthasarathi “Bob” Majumder was trying to build for U.S. warplanes.
Majumder’s firm, Science and Applied Technology Inc., was paid more than $150 million to design and develop the program in the 1990s. But the program ran into some stumbling blocks at the Pentagon.
Kerry’s letters were sent to fellow members of Congress