Devolution

TPM on Rep. Scott DesJarlais’ “evolution” on abortion.

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN), the former physician turned anti-abortion Tennessee Republican congressman, says he hadn’t given abortion as much thought as he “should have” when he supported his first wife’s decisions to have two abortions, and that he often used “very poor judgment” during his first marriage and the separation that followed it.

He now looks back with regret, he says, on the sexual relationships he had with two patients, three co-workers and a drug company representative while he was chief of staff at Grandview Medical Center in Jasper. […]

“I guess as a physician, I was a fairly objective person,” he said of his beliefs at the time. “I try not to be a judgmental person. [Abortion] was just not something that I put as much thought into as I should have, in retrospect. Going back, if I could change and do things differently, certainly I would.”

Going from urging your partners and mistresses to get abortions to claiming you no longer support abortion isn’t so much an evolution as a devolution.

And let’s be real, the only reason he regrets it is because he was caught.

Perhaps more amusing is the fact that the key sticking point is his stance on abortion, not the inappropriate relationships with two patients and three co-workers. Because the latter is clearly forgivable, while the former is heresy.

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  • LK3

    Party of family values as long as it is someone else’s family

  • Lazarus Durden

    This is what I love about Republicans. It’s complete and utter hypocrisy. See if Scott DesJarlais asks his wife to get not one but two abortions, and his mistress, and breaks his oath not only to his wife, but as a physician to his patients that’s okay. “He’s a sinner.” “We all make mistakes.” The important thing is he’s on the side of God now i.e He’s a Republican.

    But President Obama who’s never had an affair. Never abused a position of authority he’s held for sexual misconduct. Is a God fearing man i.e. Christian and has been for a very long time. Is married, and is a good father to two wonderful daughters. None of that matters. He is scorned, chastised and accused of being everything from a godless socialist to a Muslim i.e. an enemy of Jesus according to the bible thumpers.

    It’s this kind of shit that sickens me, and it’s why I want to leave TN with the quickness.

    • D_C_Wilson

      Eliot Spitzer: Caught patronizing prostitutes and is forced to resign as governor. Democrat.

      David Vitter: Caught patronizing prostitutes and is welcomed back to the Senate with a standing ovation from his peers. Republican.