Timothy F Murphy

Hypocrisy wars begin after Schneiderman accusations

Hypocrisy wars begin after Schneiderman accusations

As soon as the story about disgraced New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman broke, each side in our grimly polarized political world began attacking the other. Gleeful Republicans pointed out that Mr. Schneiderman had campaigned for stronger laws against sexual abuse but apparently engaged in it himself. Democrats noted that the same conservatives flaying Mr. Schneiderman had often dismissed or downplayed sexual misconduct by President Donald Trump, who boasted about grabbing women’s private parts on the Billy Bush tape.

They’re both right, of course. But they’re wrong to hyperventilate about hypocrisy, which is simply part of the human condition. To some degree, we all...

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