Republican Rep DesJarlais pressured mistress to get abortion, will run again

There’s hypocritical, and then there’s this guy:

Initial details surrounding Desjarlais’s conversation with his mistress surfaced after a transcript of a phone conversation he had with her went public.

In which he advised her to abort his child. He initially said the conversation had been taped without his knowledge, but when that was publicly proved wrong, revised his bullshit to claim that he and his wife secretly taped the conversation, hoping to pressure the mistress into admitting she wasn’t really pregnant. But he gets even trashier.

The new transcript also revealed that DesJarlais supported his wife’s decision to have two abortions, and that he slept with two patients, three co-workers and a drug company representative while he worked as chief of staff at a Tennessee hospital.

There are rules against doctors sleeping with patients. Ethical rules. Ethical rules that get medical licenses revoked. He describes all this as “in poor taste” and claims his views on abortion have evolved, but that’s not it at all. This is a man who has always believed other people should be held to standards of conduct that should be waived for him, for he is exceptional.

There are only two reasons to vote for someone like this, and neither of them are good:

  • You’re one of those partisan people who will only vote for one party no matter what sort of disaster that might entail.
  • You’re one of those boot-kissing bottom feeders who thinks if you kiss enough narcissistic ass, maybe some of their entitlement will rub off on you, and finally, you’ll feel halfway human. Good luck with that. Billions before you have tried it; it never works.

Could we get rid of these super hypocrites in 2014, please? Even in politics, there must be a limit.


  1. Cheryl says

    “I am human,” he said during an interview with the Knoxville News Sentinel. “I don’t think I ever put myself out there to be somebody that was perfect. I put myself out there as somebody who wanted to serve the public.”

    *counts to ten thousand* There is a HUGE difference between calling someone out for for the ‘sin’ of being human and less than perfect and calling them out for the sins of profound hypocricy and gross breach of ethical and moral standards. The only acceptable, honorable course of action in this situation is for him to resign his office. The GOP, if it has even a shred of decency anywhere in whatever it has left that could pass for a soul, should demand he do so. The constituency of his district should demand his resignation.

    “If I had a chance to go back and do it over again, I would change many things, and that would be one of them,” he said.

    Taping the conversations, he means. Because then there wouldn’t be any proof to come back to bite him in the ass and inconvenience him.

  2. SunlessNick says

    He describes all this as “in poor taste”

    How very telling. “Taste” implies the the aesthetic, the abstract, the not very important – something that it’s “just” a matter of. As if it were all unfortunately untidy, but not connected to anything real, like the substance of actual people’s lives.

    [He] claims his views on abortion have evolved

    Shifting into whatever’s most convenient for you at the time does resemble evolution somewhat, I suppose.

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