Vice President Mike Pence has a talent for bringing out the crazy, admittedly never far beneath the surface, on the left in this nation. They are trying to make hay out of Pence’s statement in 2002 that he never dines alone with a non-related woman not his wife. Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts gives us the details:
Who in the world would have a problem with this? Apparently a few hellbent on looking stupid. This is Washington, and this is Pence, a man who tries to live by his faith and thus his reputation will be target number one for those who wish to destroy him. That’s the common sense in politics part.
On the common sense in life part, neither do I. I know of few if any married men who do go out to dinner with other women one on one. Business or otherwise. Not a single man I’ve worked for, and not a single woman I’ve worked with for that matter, does that I’m aware of. At least ones in good marriages. That’s just common freaking sense marriage 101. It’s not really a ‘Billy Graham rule.’ Graham made it famous for pastors back in the day when clergy held a certain star status, but he didn’t pioneer the advice. It goes back long before Graham, and generally has been followed by most men and women I know who had happy marriages.
If people do go out together with others one on one, when they’re otherwise married, that’s up to them. I wouldn’t judge one way or another. But to make this basic common sense advice, since forever, into some scandal? I thought it was an Onion piece or SNL skit when I first heard about it. I’ll count this as almost the most stupid thing I’ve heard in a year. An actual year of stupid, and this is near the top. And reading what the “critics” were actually saying made it worse.
Kudos to Slate for the most ‘out the arse asinine stupid’ take on this non-story. Because the only place I can learn how much a woman has to offer is alone at dinner, not in any other setting at all.
And the “Make Walter Sobchak seem like Einstein”award goes to Philip Sherburn for comparing this principle to Sharia Law in his tweet about Pence’s choice.