If a Republican (or conservative) does something in his youth, the left and their allies in the MSM will use it against him, no matter how many years have passed. Even if the conservative in question has long since changed his behavior. If someone of the left did the same thing in his youth, well, he was young and you know how young people are. Just a youthful indiscretion.
The MSM ignores — or otherwise downplays — West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd’s past involvement in the Ku Klux Klan, yet, at the end of the 2000 campaign, worked itself up into a lather about then-candidate George W. Bush’s drunk driving conviction in 1976 — even though the then-future president had long since given up drinking.
Over at Lloydletta’s Nooz and Comments, GPW acquaintance Eva Young notes how just over thirty years ago, left-wing talk show host and former funny man Al Franken joked about the murder of a gay man, saying:
I just don’t like homosexuals. If you ask me, they’re all homosexuals in the Pudding. Hey, I was glad when that Pudding homosexual got killed in Philadelphia.’ The smile became so broad it pushed his eyes shut. He couldn’t stand it any longer.
Perhaps Mr. Franken has long since shifted his stance on gays. But, if he were a conservative talk show host rather than a liberal, I dare say we’d be hearing a lot more about these 30-year-old comments.