Groan: Dem-driven attacks on Filner depicted as ugly GOP coup

July 15, 2013

By Chris Reed

Sideshow.Bob.FilnerAt 11 a.m. today, there will be another press conference by the three longtime liberal supporters of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner who called on their fellow Democrat to resign last Wednesday over alleged sexual harassment. Former Councilwoman Donna Frye and environmental attorneys Marco Gonzalez and Cory Briggs are expected to offer specific details of allegations from “numerous” women. An alleged victim or two or more might show up to put a human face on the Filner scandal. If they do so in believable fashion, it could be over for the 70-year-old misanthrope who won narrow election as mayor in November.

On Friday afternoon, Filner’s fate seemed to be close to sealed after the former head of the San Diego regional labor council — Lorena Gonzalez, recently elected to the Assembly — called for him to go. Gonzalez had helped clear the field for Filner in 2011 so he was the only prominent Democrat running in the 2012 mayor’s race, wielding labor’s clout in his favor at a key moment. People watching from afar who think Gonzalez is a minor player don’t understand how she has consolidated the labor movement behind her.

But over the weekend, there were no new major defections or revelations. The only real news was the Twitter confirmation by Marco Gonzalez of the Monday news conference.

Hate, bile and conspiracies: Dumb de dumb dumb

What was arguably of most note in the first days of the Filner scandal was how completely unsurprised everyone was who’s ever dealt with him. After that what was probably most of note about the mess over the weekend was how much extreme stupidity it generated from so many online commentators.

How is it any dumber than the usual trolling, radibly predictable partisanship and idle onanism that makes smart, thoughtful comments rarer than honest early-career John Perez resumes?

Because of the dynamics of this scandal. If Filner is forced out of office, it was because people on the left such as Frye found that he was not remotely living up to his putative progressive ideals in how he dealt with women. On Friday, Filner himself directly admitted to indefensible behavior, said he was seeking “help” for his treatment of woman, and asked for forgiveness.

Yet even then, for many angry commenters, the fact that Filner was under fire at all showed that the criticism had to be illegitimate and coming from the right. This is how a commenter put it on the U-T San Diego website after Filner had admitted to intimidating women.

“This is not a dictatorship. these legislators cant bully him into resigning. WE r the only ones who get to demand he step down not them. This is a coordinated coup by the developers who r throwing a tantrum that they could not steal balboa Park the legal way.”

A stunning number of people seemed ready to throw Frye under the bus, too, and some in coarse and mean fashion. This is one of the tame comments.

“Donna Frye has chimed in in an obvious effort to jump start her failed political career….playing the feminist card for all its worth.”

In CA, being Dem means never having to say you’re sorry

San Diego Pension Reform DeMaio At TableBut then all this was foreshadowed last year in the mayor’s race, when Filner and his allies went after Republican rival Carl DeMaio with tactics that should turn the stomachs of “progressives.” Cal Watchdog commenter Bill Gore nailed it:

“Also there’s the tremendous irony of the union-financed gay bashing campaign that put this clown in office in the first place. This smoking gun has Lorena Gonzalez’s prints all over it. They were so terrified of DeMaio that they resorted to tactics that expose them as raging hypocrites. The ads were sleazy, dirty and loaded with homophobic innuendo aimed directly at DeMaio’s sexuality, right out of the 1950′s. And they got away with it.”

But it’s 2013. The ends justify the means, and gay-bashing is OK if you’re dumping on a Republican gay, and racially loaded remarks are OK if you’re dumping on a Republican judge, and all in all, no standards apply if you’re going after the loathsome scum whose views you disagree with.

The right does this sort of thing as well. On a national level, the hypocrisy is evenly divided, as the Internet era continues to act like a centrifuge and push people to extremes. The recent Travyon Martin trial social-media fallout featured an orgy of stupidity on both sides, with some people on the left pretending the case was airtight and some people on the right treating George Zimmerman as a hero.

But in a state like California — where the left is so much more powerful than the right, and so loudly self-righteous, and rarely gets the media pushback it merits — the left’s hypocrisy is more noticeable and influential.

Expecting apologies from Filner’s enablers? Be serious

So will even one person on the San Diego or the California left admit to having been wrong about Filner and dumb to have gambled on a guy with this much baggage? Nah.

OK, commentators. That’s your cue. Drag out your paranoid theories. Trash Donna Frye. Trash me. (Those pieces I wrote that show I’m far from a rigid righty? Forget them and just pretend I’m a one-note Charlie.) Or play the ageism card and suggest Filner at age 70 couldn’t be doing what he’s insinuated to have done, so this is just another example of the War On The Old.

You’re always right. The other side is always wrong. You’re always on the moral high ground. The other side is always Hitlerian. Sheesh.


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  1. Let him stay!
    Let him stay! 15 July, 2013, 07:18

    People of San Diego need to be reminded every day for the next 3 1/2 years of the character of politicians who lure them with promises of “free stuff” and “social justice.” As the liberals in San Diego like to say, it’s a different San Diego now. Let them enjoy it.

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  2. Hondo
    Hondo 15 July, 2013, 07:58

    It’s all about the money now. It’s all about how big his golden parachute be. Mark my words. That’s the reason for the delay in his leaving. The decision has been made. We will be stunned at how much money its gonna take to make him go away.

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  3. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 15 July, 2013, 09:16

    This has always been about Reed’s employer at the U-T, who despises Filner. The only thing the attempted Republican coup will accomplish is to further strengthen Filner’s base of support.

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  4. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 15 July, 2013, 09:45

    “The other side is always Hitlerian. Sheesh.”

    In the unending political battle between Left and Right there is lots of hypocrisy to go around, however, the Conservatives aren’t even in the same league with the “Progressives” on that score. Left wing oriented voters simply have no interest in the personal ethics and character of their politicians.

    IT’S ALL ABOUT THE AGENDA. Personal failings are never allowed to impede the agenda. The left has always tolerated immense amounts of corruption and turpitude from it’s political class as long as they deliver the goods. So long as Progressive Fascists like Filner deliver the goods for Big Labor, Trial Lawyers, Environmentalists, Feminists, Illegal immigrants and Crony Capitalist oligarchs they will continue to be politically viable, regardless of their atrocious personal behavior. Just look at Anthony Weiner and Elliot Spitzer, two absolutely shameless reprobates who will probably soon be running the most important city in the world. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE AGENDA.

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  5. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 15 July, 2013, 09:51

    Skippy, your comments are just too brain dead partisan and devoid of fact to warrant a response. If they ever develop a cure for the Partisan Zombie disease I hope you get to participate in the clinical trials.

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  6. Steve Mehlman
    Steve Mehlman 15 July, 2013, 10:32

    From the day Mayor Filner was elected, the UT and its ideological buds have conducted a campaign against him, a campaign that had nothing to do with the sexual harassment charges he now faces.

    Everything he has done, from his differences with City Attorney Jan “Chalk Hunter” Goldsmith to his trip to Europe, has been the subject of criticism, much of it unwarranted.

    A “Recall Mayor Filner” Facebook page has drawn such vitriol, personal insults and racist and anti-Semitic posts that the administrator has had to step in.

    But Chris wants you to think that all of this never happened, that it was just a figment of our liberal imagination, and that there was never a concerted effort to bring down Mayor Filner.

    If the charges against Mayor Filner are true, he should resign. He has no one to blame but himself. And it is a tragedy for San Diego and San Diegans.

    But please don’t tell us that the good-old-boys in SD won’t be raising their champagne glasses when he does.

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  7. Steve Mehlman
    Steve Mehlman 15 July, 2013, 10:36

    “Just look at Mark Sanford and David Vitter, two absolutely shameless reprobates who are now members of the United States Congress.”

    What’s that you say? They are “conservatives”? Oh, well, never mind then.

    Dyspeptic died of Partisan Zombie disease some time ago. Sadly, he’s baaaaack!

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  8. Wayne Roberts
    Wayne Roberts 15 July, 2013, 15:44

    Yesterday liked the Recall Bob Filner Facebook page. It is time for him to go. He probably decided he wanted to be Mayor because no Lobbying firm in Washington would hire him because he had alienated them or they were fearful of being sued for sexual harassment by one of his future coworkers or contacts.

    The People’s business is more important than one megla-maniac’s pursuit of all things within his kingdom. When he tried to convince me to work on his San Diego School Board election, I declined. I just had a negative impression of him. Recent events, the Sunroad scandal and it is a scandal no matter what the final verdict and now these sexual harassment allegations. It is time for him to go. May be Filner learned how to treat staff from Congressman Jim Bates with whom he worked who was involved in his own sexual harassment scandal in 1990. Jim Bates was defeated for re-election by Randy Cunningham, the congressional thief. These politicians think that they entitled and privileged as some pro athletes. IT’s BOB FILNER’S TIME TO GO.

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  9. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 15 July, 2013, 16:31

    “Just look at Mark Sanford and David Vitter”

    OK, lets look at them Stevie. Was their behavior reprehensible? Yes. Were either one of them convicted of a crime? No. Did either one of them have their law license revoked and were they fined $90,000 like President Clinton, who not only perjured himself but suborned perjury for his own legal advantage and lied to two Federal judges as well as the entire nation on national TV. He’s still a hero to you I’m sure. Can’t let these little details get in the way of The Agenda after all.

    Then there is the curious case of Alce Hastings, a Democrat Congress Critter who was impeached and removed from the bench as a Federal Judge for graft and corruption and then promptly sent to Congress by his clueless, morally compromised Democrat constituents who apparently think impeachment is a character reference. I don’t know of any other political party that sends impeached Federal judges to Congress.

    And don’t forget Patrick Kennedy, the drug addicted anger mismanagement headcase who sideswiped a police barricade in D.C. while drunk and got driven home by the Watch Commander with no charges filed. Oh, and didn’t he assault a TSA agent and get away with that too? He finally had enough of himself and quit or he would still be a national disgrace with a permanent Congressional seat.

    And what about Charlie Rangel, former head of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, who was caught red handed dodging taxes on income and misusing rent control properties and still got re-elected.

    And let’s not forget the rapist, child pornographer, bank defrauder, wire fraud con man and former Democrat Congress Critter Mel Reynolds who is trying to revive his moribund political career after his Federal prison sentence was commuted by none other than Bubba Clinton, patron saint of sexual predators everywhere.

    And Cynthia McKinney, a former Demagoguecrat race hustling Congress Critter with a nasty habit of assaulting cops and security guards and getting away with it. If it weren’t for redistricting she would still be disgracing her office too.

    Now this is just a partial list but it does illustrate my point that the left just doesn’t care about personal ethics in politics. My point wasn’t that Conservative politicians are paragons of virtue (think Duke Cunningham). But at least conservative voters don’t perpetually re-elect and venerate slimy crooks and perverts like Hastings, Rangel, Clinton, Wiener, Spitzer et. al.

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  10. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 15 July, 2013, 22:15

    You seem to have forgotten jewels like Tom Delay and UBS tool Phil Gramm. By any reasonable measure, Gramm was himself the creator of the 2008 financial crash and was responsible for the UBS practices for laundering money and evading taxes on behalf of its US depositors.

    Then you wingnuts have Jack Abromoff and Ralph Reed bilking the religious conservatives for the benefit of their clients, Rush Limbaugh committing drug felonies with his Oxy habit, and the historical fact that Ronald Reagan’s administration had the most officials convicted of crimes of any presidential administration in our history.

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  11. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 15 July, 2013, 22:23

    A little quick search finds many interesting Republican crooks and perverts, Dyspeptic. You also forgot John Ensign, but here’s a list of more for you:

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  12. Steve Mehlman
    Steve Mehlman 16 July, 2013, 09:58

    Amazing. Mark Sanford was just elected to Congress despite his adultery. David Vitter was reelected to the U.S. Senate despite being a client of the Beltway Madam. The list goes on and on. I’ll see any Democrat you care to name and raise you a Republican.

    Who is it that preaches “family values” while cheating on their spouses? Hint: It ain’t the Left. The right-wing Reeps are the most colossal hypocrites I’ve ever seen, and Dyspeptic is one of them for trying to sweep their indiscretions under the rug.

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  13. Donkey
    Donkey 16 July, 2013, 16:05

    Mehlman, Skdump, you are both partisan fools. The dirtbag republicans you are comparing filthy Filner to were not the same as Clinton who raped women and Filner who to this point molested women. Having an affair shows a character flaw, but attacking women to satisfy lustful urges is sociopathic, and you two support scumbags like these scum. 🙂

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