Urbin Report

Friday, November 19, 2004

More double standards

James Taranto points out more hypocrisy of the left:
He points out the following USA Today editorial accusing the President of boarderline sexual harrasment.

Bush has bussed two women in public in the past two days. First, Condoleezza Rice, whom he kissed on the cheek twice when he nominated her for secretary of State on Tuesday. He went even further with Margaret Spellings, whom he smacked on the lips when he nominated her as secretary of Education on Wednesday. . . .

Risky business, says Amy Oppenheimer, a California business consultant on workplace harassment issues. Powerful men kissing their subordinates in public can be misconstrued by the kissee or people watching the kiss.

And there's the whole male-female thing, too: Bush didn't kiss his close pal Alberto Gonzales when he nominated him for attorney general last week.

"Kissing is social behavior, not professional behavior, and people have different boundaries about it," says Oppenheimer. "The only person who would know if (a woman is) uncomfortable with it is her--and why would she say anything if she weren't?"

Back when Billy Jeff Clinton was telling female state employees to "kiss it", the attitude of the left was a bit different.

Attorney Amy Oppenheimer, an expert on sexual harassment lawsuits had the following to say when a liberal judge dismissed Paula Jones' case against her former boss:
[N]o one should be shocked by Wright's decision. "It's not surprising that the court would find a one-time incident that was obnoxious and inappropriate wasn't enough to deprive her of her constitutional rights even if it could be proven."

When a Republican is under discussion, Ms. Oppenheimer changes her tune [from the USA Today article]:
Risky business, says Amy Oppenheimer, a California business consultant on workplace harassment issues. Powerful men kissing their subordinates in public can be misconstrued by the kissee or people watching the kiss.