We’ve been around campaigns and elections long enough to understand that hypocrisy and sanctimony are never in short supply when it comes to politics.
Al Gore, a chief alarmist in the global warming movement just sold his television station to oil giant Qatar. Check.
Louisiana Senator David Vitter, a well-known “family values” Republican found himself on the infamous D.C. madam list. Check.
Indeed, double standard are a mainstay with the professional political class.
That said, even we were surprised by the examples of glaring hypocrisy that came to light during the heated gun control debate taking place at the the State Capitol over the past several weeks.
Take, for example, the case of former astronaut-turned gun control advocate, Mark Kelly, who found time to travel to Colorado to register his support for the slate of far-reaching gun control measures being proffered by legislative Democrats.
From scolding owners of so-called “assault rifles” to championing a ban of standard capacity magazines, Mr. Kelly did more than his fair share of finger wagging during his day testifying at the Colorado Capitol.
While Mr. Kelly has every right to testify in favor of gun control measures in Colorado or any other state, we find it pretty odd that just a short time later, Mr. Kelly was spotted at an Arizona gun shop purchasing a 1911 style pistol, an AR-15 style rifle and numerous standard capacity magazines – yes, the same ones he labeled as evil in Colorado.
When confronted about this hypocrisy, Mr. Kelly attempted to spin it as some sort of stunt to show how easy it is to get guns in Arizona. Um, right.
Another glaring example of hypocrisy came in the form of the huge grin on the face of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Colorado gun control lobbyist Adam Eichberg as he eviscerated watermelons with a .30 caliber “assault rifle” at the farm of Colorado Senator Greg Brophy (R-Wray) last summer.
In fairness, Eichberg wasn’t on the payroll of the anti-gun crowd at the time, but the picture of him holding the very assault rifle he hopes to ban is, indeed, worth 1,000 words — the first eight being “Do as we say, not as we do.”