I'm surprised you haven't noted a true despicable hypocrisy among Democrats formulating Obama's health plan.
Oh, I've noted Democratic hypocrisy on many
I'm not defending anyone's hypocrisy. To some extent I think hypocrisy is an inevitable by-product of advocating standards for behavior, but I'm not going to assert that this exonerates people like Mark Sanford or John Ensign.
I think there's a lot to be said for the admonition of Jesus; "..let he who is without sin cast the first stone," and the old saying: "people in glass houses should not throw stones."
Republicans would be better served focusing on any actually pertinent issues involved in these transgression e.g. Jim McGreevy giving his unqualified lover a state job paying $110,000; Bill Clinton's lying under oath and to the American people.
I do think though that the transgression is worse than any associated hypocrisy. The latter just leaves a very bad taste in the mouth.
This notion of Republicans being especially hypocritical pre-dated the Clinton era and so it’s not simply a vote for his impeachment that gives rise to the charge.
During the 2007 Democratic convention, VP nominee John Edwards introduced his family to the audience. Edwards addressed his parents from the podium:
"You taught me the values that I carry in my heart: faith, family, responsibility, opportunity for everyone. You taught me that there's dignity and honor in a hard day's work. You taught me to always look out for our neighbors, to never look down on anybody, and treat everybody with respect."
It seems to me that using your family and laying claim to values that include faith, family and responsibility in a political campaign is somewhat hypocritical of a philanderer who fathered a child with his mistress and then denied it.
Beginning in 2006 the Democrats embarked on the political strategy to "take back" the family values issue from the GOP. I doubt that this means they will begin to publicly criticize the transgressions of men like Elliot Spitzer
Bob Wise, and Jim McGreevy, but to the extent they lay claim to family values as a political strategy, they open themselves up to charges of hypocrisy. Having taken trounced the GOP and taken over DC, perhaps they will be less inclined to assume the risk associated with promoting their "family values."