I was scanning Robert Stacy McCain Live at 5 list when a story jumped out at me.

San Diego Mayor Filner In Mediation With City Amid Recall Efforts

Well not so much the story as the sentence below the headline.

San Diego Mayor Filner In Mediation With City Amid Recall Efforts

Filner supporters hold rally yesterday

Supporters? Filner has supporters?

Here is the story:

His supporters, which include some labor unions and Latinos, claim Filner is being denied due process, and the recall effort is orchestrated by those who oppose his political agenda.

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the key quote:

I understand what’s going on in San Diego. i mean, Bob Filner is a democrat. he’s mayor of San Diego. that doesn’t happen. it hasn’t happened in a long time. i’m sure the democrats out there are distraught at the thought that the mayor may have to go away

And that’s what it all comes down to.

National party figures who have no say on if Filner stays or goes can denounce him all they want. The media can tease him and make him the butt of jokes, but as long as they have no power to remove him it doesn’t matter.

As long as Filner is on the right side of the issues and to some degree useful to the left in San Diego the hard-core foot soldiers of the left in San Diego the Unions, the Latino’s and the activists are going to back him because to them the ends always justify the means.

That might seem odd to you and me but if you start from the idea they are all Marxists it makes perfect sense.

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We interrupt my coverage of the RNC in Boston to bring you this Bob Filner blast from the past Dec 18, 1998.

If anyone wonders why Bob Filner doesn’t resign from office, wonder no more. Bob Filner picked a side in the war on Women a long time ago.

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If sticking this video in the face of Democrats who are shocked SHOCKED by Bob Filner’s refusal to resign as mayor of SD isn’t worth the $209 left for this week’s paycheck I’d like to know what is?

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Dr. Benjamin Franklin: Mr. Dickinson I’m surprised at you, a rebellion is always legal in the first person, such as “our rebellion.” It is only in the third person – “their rebellion” – that it becomes illegal.

1776 (1972)

Ace links to a critical update to this story on Bob Filner:

The local Democratic Party has known for a long time about sexual harassment allegations against Bob Filner, a former Democratic assemblywoman said in a Thursday interview.

“I blew the whistle on this two years ago to the Democratic Party leadership,” former Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña said.

on what the Democrats knew when when they knew it on Bob Filner.

Update II: Busby responded to tell me that party leaders looked at Filner’s 30-year record of advocating for progressive causes when evaluating him as a candidate for mayor. Discussions involving Filner’s poor treatment of women never rose above rumor, she said.

Ace Opines further

So what’s a little War on Women between ideological friends? They say these allegations did not “rise above a rumor,” which is false– the deputy mayor of Escondido stated on the record (and went to former head of the party Jess Durfee) that Filner had rudely propositioned her at a professional political event.

The evolution argument not withstanding the question becomes: How did Bob Filner know the party would let him get away with this?

Clue one comes from Wikipedia:
filner

Note the period in the red box. That means he was in congress during this moment:

See that line of Democrat congressmen filing out to applaud Bill Clinton can you pick out Bob Filner among them as they line up? Have you watched how the Clinton’s have been treated for the last 15 years.

The question isn’t how Bob Filner knew the party would give him a pass, the question is why would anyone expect them to do otherwise?

Update: And if Filner had any doubt of the rules, this would have finished them.

Irony overload anyone?
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Admiral Blackwell: Captain Picard Day?

Capt: Picard: Oh… yes. It’s for the children… I’m a… role model.

Admiral Blackwell: I’m sure you are. Starfleet out.

Star Trek TNG: The Pegasus 1994

And I can only challenge you in such fashion if I am willing to heed my own words…I was prepared to lead our narrow majority as speaker and I believe I had it in me to do a fine job. But I can not do that job or be the kind of leader I would like to be under current circumstances, so I must set the example that I hope President Clinton will follow.

Bob Livingston Dec 19, 1998

In modern Christian writings, though I see much (indeed more than I like) about Mammon, I see few of the old warnings about Worldly Vanities, the Choice of Friends, and the Value of Time. All that, your patient would probably classify as ‘Puritanism’—and may I remark in passing that the value we have given to that word is one of the really solid triumphs of the last hundred years?

C.S Lewis The Screwtape Letters #10

Yesterday while I was on the road to cover an event that didn’t happen (had my dates wrong) I was listening to Michael Graham on the Radio and he brought up a point that a lot of our friends on the left have forgotten, a point I’ve made over the last few weeks.

Graham noted that it was Democrats who set the standard that Weiner and Fitner are using to run for office or even remain in office. That aberrant sexual behavior was not a standard to remove a president from office.

I know many of the college women with their Sandra Flue Buttons on their lapel might not be old enough to remember so let me educate you on recent history.

It was Democrats and media who vigorously Defended Bill Clinton at every turn, who insisted the Monica stuff was “just about sex”.

It was the liberal media who held back this story and at every opportunity belittled the entire idea of this investigation. (and who ironically MADE Matt Drudge who did not.

And it was democrats who en masse not only voted against the 4 articles of impeachment Article I: Perjury before the grand jury, Article II: Perjury in the Jones case, Article III: Obstruction of justice, Article IV: Abuse of power but directly after their passage assembled on the White House lawn as Richard Gephardt, Al Gore and Clinton Himself (with Hillary beside him) made speeches attacking the House for daring to suggest that his actions made him unfit to hold the Office of president of the United States.

What you never heard of this? Well here is the video of the event.

Look at the faces in the crowd of that video you will see my new senator Ed Markey, you will see Sheila Jackson Lee and plenty of other faces still in congress. Look at the liberal lions and particularly the ladies who today bemoan a GOP “war on women”. Look at them all filing out to defend a man who used the power of the presidency to score with a young intern and ask yourself this question:

If the standard of Oral Sex with an intern in the White House is not disqualifying for a president how much less is the standard of “Sexting” for mayor of NY” or “Groping for Mayor of San Diego”?

And it is even worse when you consider this. Have you heard the name Bob Livingston? He was going to be the speaker of the GOP house, but just before the impeachment vote word came that he had an affair. So what did he do with the impeachment vote about to take place. He gave this speech:

and resigned.

Note the same Democrats who shouted “You Resign” at him still backed and voted to save Bill Clinton…

…but what if they did not?

Imagine if Bill Clinton had resigned, imagine if the Democrats in the house decided not to back him, Imagine if that crowd of lawmakers didn’t stand behind the as they made speeches of defiance. Imagine of the media had embraced the actions of Bob Livingstone. Imagine if the standard for the consequences of such behavior by pols was the Livingstone Standard rather than the Bill Clinton (or the Nina Burleigh) standard?

Not only would there not be an Anthony Weiner or a Bob Filner, there likely would not be an Elliot Spitzer or a David Vitter or a Mark Sanford either because when they considered their situation they would remember Bob Livingstone resigning his office rather than Bill Clinton successfully retaining his.

This is the Donkey in the living room that everyone in the media and on the left likes to pretend isn’t there. The standard they want you to forget, particularly in 2016 with Hillary on the Ballot, they set for every narcissistic ambitious pol who will come down the line and decide they can ride this kind of thing out, because if Bill Clinton can get away with it, why can’t they?

There is a war on women and the democrats gave victory to the Anthony Weiners and Bob Filners in that war many years ago.

Final thought:

Inquiring minds want to know.

Update: That’s Bob Filner not Bob Fitner Corrected

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…did the La Times decide that the story of the Nick Popaditch cartoon was a story because Rep Bob Filner joined the voices disproving it? Would they have ignored it as “right wing noise” otherwise?

Either way Michelle is right about the end result:

But instead of calling on the cartoonist to be fired, perhaps he deserves thanks — thanks for inadvertently creating an opportunity for the rest of us. It’s a moment not merely to complain about a boneheaded media slap, but to spread the word about Nick Popaditch.

Works for me. Lets see what happens on Memeorandum with this.