Anti-choice Tea Party Congressman pressured pregnant mistress to get an abortion


59 Responses to “Anti-choice Tea Party Congressman pressured pregnant mistress to get an abortion”

  1. lknope says:

    I suppose he was basically telling her that in cases of legitimate adultery, there are ways of just shutting that whole thing down.

  2. Mark_Frauenfelder says:

    This probably won’t hurt him, since he seems to be mainly going after the moron vote.

  3. PhosPhorious says:

    He’s not anti-choice for himself.  Just for women.

    Be reasonable!

  4. bluest_one says:

    It’s the unwritten rule – which is the inverse to the golden rule – do as I say, not as I do.

  5. Toffer99 says:

    Look at him! Desperately trying to smile as he’s seen humans do.

  6. rebaj says:

    Every abortion provider already knows this. If you work at a place with protesters long enough, eventually you see a familiar face from the protester crowd in the clinic for an abortion, or with someone who is getting an abortion. Many of them talk about how they are different than every other woman who wants an abortion. Some are outraged that they have to sit in the waiting room with “those” patients.  Many of them go right back to protesting outside the next week.

    We talk about how abortion restrictions should have exceptions for rape, incest, life of the mother….in reality people want exceptions for rape, incest, life of the mother – and themselves.

    • Well a lot of the principles of liberalism rely on selflessness.  In contrast right-wing policy is often quite selfish.

      So really, that makes perfect sense.

    • Brainspore says:

      You’ll also find similar “exceptions” for conservatives who find themselves in need of social safety nets like welfare, food stamps or really any manner of “oh shit how did I find myself in this situation” kind of scenarios.

      Remember how Rush Limbaugh suddenly decided the ACLU was the best organization ever as soon as the privacy of his own medical records became a deciding factor in whether or not he would go to jail for illegal drug use?

    • chgoliz says:

      The only moral abortion is my abortion:

  7. archanoid says:

    Reminds me of this:

  8. galois says:

    It’s almost like…I don’t know…it’s almost like politicians just SAY things to get elected or something! And then their real views are totally different from what they said! 

    • Robert Drop says:

      His views could very well line up with what he’s said.  There are a lot of people who are vehemently anti-abortion who consider themselves special exceptions to their principles.  

      • acerplatanoides says:

         This is the essence of what is wrong with reading Ayn Rand at 19. It sticks around.

        • petertrepan says:

          It’s okay just as long as you read an equal amount of Kurt Vonnegut. Which I suppose would mean stopping on every other chapter of Atlas Shrugged and reading another Kurt Vonnegut book.

          • acerplatanoides says:

            That is the essence of my reading strategy at 19. Plus some Ursula LeGuin balanced with Hemingway.

  9. Christopher says:

    Even though I am a Tennessean who did not, and would not, vote for DesJarlais, I would like to offer an apology on behalf of my state for inflicting this individual on the rest of the country.

    And I can assure you that if this comes up in his reelection campaign he will simultaneously call for the campaign to be about “the issues” while also claiming that his opponent has done something equally execrable. After all it was a tactic that worked for him in his last campaign. Why change what works? 

    • jetfx says:

      “DesJarlais, who was provided a copy of the transcript by HuffPost, did not deny its contents, but in a statement released through his campaign characterized it as just another sordid detail dredged up by the opposition. ‘Desperate personal attacks do not solve our nation’s
      problems, yet it appears my opponents are choosing to once again engage in the same gutter politics that CBS news called the dirtiest in the nation just 2 years ago.’”

    • petertrepan says:

      Even though I am a Tennessean who did not, and would not, vote for DesJarlais, I would like to offer an apology on behalf of my state for inflicting this individual on the rest of the country.

      Even though I am an Alabamian who didn’t get a chance to vote for or against DesJarlais, I would like to apologize in advance for whatever Alabama does next.

  10. schlocktober says:

    I don’t see the contradiction. Compelling his mistress to have an abortion is decidedly anti-choice.

  11. John Verne says:

    Now I have to wear my surprised face all day.

  12. I don’t see how this changes his stance of ‘anti-choice’.

  13. kaellinn18 says:

    And absolutely no one is surprised.

  14. huskerdont says:

    Everyone is anti-choice until they need to be otherwise. Then they see the value of freedom, even if they choose to have a child.

  15. Mitchell Glaser says:

    I remember a story from a nurse who was assisting a patient after an abortion. The patient’s mother, who was standing next to the bed, turned to the nurse and said “murderer!” The depth of their hypocrisy knows no bounds.

  16. morcheeba says:

    This is as close to having an abortion as this man can physically get. Why didn’t they do an ultrasound of the fetus and describe it to him to make sure this was the decision he wanted to make?

    • TWX says:

      I don’t think that it would have made a difference.

      If they’re going to require vaginal penetration ultrasounds for women to get abortions, then they should require prostate exams to men before they’re given the happy pill, make sure they’re healthy enough for sexual activity and what not.

      Which is my way of saying I don’t think that either should be the case.

  17. Navin_Johnson says:

    Options for me, but not for thee.

  18. papiermeister says:

     Anyone else think he looks like Hank Schrader from Breaking Bad?

  19. corydodt says:

    It all comes down to mens’ right to choose. When will these left-wingers get it?

  20. ChicagoD says:

    I admire that guy’s ability to have mistresses. He must have a hell of a personality.*

    * As long as you don’t get pregnant, apparently.

  21. Navin_Johnson says:

    The transcript is priceless, at one point the mistress mentions both his current wife and ex-wife.  Must be hard to keep track.

  22. Andy Pober says:

    Another of our esteemed congressmen on the Republican side…
    Sorry, he won’t let you choose an abortion although he insists that his mistress has one.

  23. snagglepuss says:

    Does anybody here think that anybody other than the idiots who would have voted for this rat-bastard, would be offended if we simply set him on fire ?

  24. Cowicide says:

    So, America… how’s that “not voting in the lesser evil” workin’ out for ya?  Get out and vote, assholes.

  25. mlw99 says:

    Let it not be overlooked that the schmuck recorded the conversation himself with the bizarre idea that if his wife listened to it, it would help their marriage.  The only thing dumber is years later going into public life with Tea Party views and thinking that his hypocrisy would not come to light.  Sheesh.

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