Indeed, Rep. Gary Condit has been so successfully portrayed as a "CONSERVATIVE RIGHT-WING Democrat" that it would probably be safe even for Dan Rather to mention the story on CBS News. Really clearing the way for Rather, Condit was apparently a member of a congressional Bible study group. (Can anybody make heads or tails of this commandment?)
The feminist enthusiasm for Condit goes something like this: Feminists have always stood for freedom of "choice" (unless it involves something other than abortion, adultery or sodomy), and isn't it wonderful that Chandra Levy was able to choose to have an affair with a married man? Congratulations, Chandra!
If you think I'm making this up, here is what Gloria Jacobs, editor of Ms. Magazine said about Chandra on Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor": "I think the idea is that what feminism always wanted for women is the right to choose their partners, their own sexuality, whether they're young women or older women. ... I think it's really that one would have hoped that as women had more access to power that this wouldn't be the way they would have to go about it. But everybody makes their own choices."
Feminists are actually trying to claim credit for the dumb decision of a girl who is now missing. Anyone who sees a connection between Chandra's choice of sexual partners and her disappearance is probably the sort who thinks promiscuous sexual behavior has some metaphysical link to venereal disease, abortion and divorce, too. If rumors are correct that Chandra was pregnant, a very broad definition of the "right to choose" could be at work. Another triumph for feminism!
It wasn't just the Ms. magazine editor. The airwaves are lousy with liberal women putting in a kind word for adultery these days.
On Fox News Channel's "The Edge With Paula Zahn," Eleanor Clift said: "Congressman Condit, so far, is guilty of having extramarital affairs, and that is something that a number of congressmen are probably familiar with."
On "The O'Reilly Factor," Geraldine Ferraro said: "If every member of Congress or every public official in Washington were to resign because they've been having an affair, dear God ..."