Brief thoughts on #CruzSexScandal:
You know, I don’t care that much about politician’s sexual conduct. They’re adults with private lives, with failings, with difficulties like the rest of us but amplified because of their power. It’s kind of mind-blowing how much power is at play in holding high-level U.S. offices and huge elections. The intensity there must be intoxicating. So I’d imagine anyway, especially for narcissistic thrill seekers who are probably disproportionately drawn to high-power politics.
But when you are a Larry Craig, Ted Haggard, or a Jimmy Swaggart and you’ve vaulted yourself into the limelight by claiming to be one kind of person, and a leader nonetheless, of family values character and then you get caught philandering or having illicit gay sex, I will care about your sexual conduct. Those people make their leadership identities around a particular values vision. And then they hoist themselves upon their petards through incredible hypocrisy.
I know that we are all hypocrites. Every single one of us. But some kinds of hypocrisy disqualify you from leadership. As Matthew 7:5 says, “Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” There’s a message in there for all of us, especially oleagenous demagogues.
I don’t know if this will bring down Ted Cruz because I don’t know if it’s true. For his sake, I hope it’s not. But if it is, I hope he has the class that Gary Hart did to get out of the race.