The No Labels organization has always been garbage, IMO. It’s the both-sides fallacy made flesh, a ridiculous outfit that demands we pretend people who want to order Italian or Mexican or Thai for dinner could reconcile with those who prefer to dine on tire rims and anthrax if we’d just roll up our sleeves and work together, gosh darn it.
Joe Lieberman is one of its leading lights, which tells you all you need to know about No Labels. Well, now the organization is demonstrating that in addition to eschewing labels, it has no principles:
[Axios]: Political journalist Mark Halperin, whose career crumbled in 2017 after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment, has joined No Labels, a D.C.-based bipartisan policy group, Punchbowl News reports… [imagine a goddamned motherfucking paragraph break here since FGDMFFYWP won’t allow me to insert one — ed.]
“His treatment of female colleagues before he left ABC News in 2007 was reprehensible. He rightly paid a price for his conduct, professionally and personally,” No Labels senior adviser Margaret White told Punchbowl.
Staff members of No Labels, including CEO Nancy Jacobson and Co-Executive Directors Margaret White and Liz Morrison, have spoken with Halperin and believe a second chance is warranted in this case.
That’s some grotesque white-washing right there, and inaccurate too: Halperin was shoved out of the spotlight when his gropey behavior came to light in 2017, not 2007.
But here’s my question: what does that sexist asshole bring to the table that is unique and not on offer elsewhere? John Heilemann was always the brains of the H&H partnership, which wasn’t all that. IMO, Heilemann has improved due to removal from Halperin’s brain cell-killing proximity anyway.
Why is it that shitty men like Halperin demand and receive second chances when there are smarter, more insightful people throughout that and every other goddamn industry who never even get a first chance? That’s a rhetorical question, by the way; I know why. Open thread.