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Rep. Joe Barton's Photo Problems

Rep. Joe Barton's Photo Problems
Committee vice chairman Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) questions witnesses during a House Energy and Commerce Committee October 25, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By with Michael R. Shannon
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 03:51 PM Current | Bio | Archive

I think the nation’s political and media class needs to adopt a new rule that I’ll call the Mike Pence Photo rule. It’s quite simple. Never send a photo that features something only your wife is supposed to see to anyone that’s not your wife.

And think more than once about sending it to her.

Texas Republican Congressman Joe Barton is the latest politician to be caught, so to speak, with his pants down. And in his case it’s particularly bad since Barton portrays himself as a strong social conservative and Christian with all that entails.

The offense with Barton is a two-fer. First, he began exploring the dating scene while he was still married. In his clichéd apology Barton termed his offense thusly, “While separated from my second wife, prior to the divorce, I had sexual relationships with other mature adult women.” (I suppose we can term that the Roy Moore clarification.) “Each was consensual. Those relationships have ended.”

This means Barton was an adulterer. “Separated” is one of those weasel words weasels use to soothe their consciences. So that’s bad enough. Then Barton decided to compound the mistake by sending at least one of the women a photo of his manly parts.

This is what’s confusing to me. What possesses these men? What makes them think women want to get a picture of their package? In our current Viagra age do these photos constitute ‘proof of life?’

Maybe the 68-year-old vice-chairman (no pun intended) of the House Energy and Commerce Committee just wanted to prove there was still fire in the burner. We are forced to speculate, since he isn’t discussing the portraiture further.

Now the sex may have been consensual, but evidently at least one breakup wasn’t. That’s because the photo in question was posted on Twitter along with a text message that contained, as described by Fox News, “strongly sexual language.”

Right now Barton claims to be, “talking to a number of people, all of whom I have faith in and am deciding how to respond.” This sounds to me like he’s hoping to hunker down and wait until this scandal either withers or some other idiot explodes into the news with his scandal and Barton is forgotten.

While Barton waits for the public to move on to something else, I’m wondering if his voters are thinking the same thing I am: If Barton’s personal judgment is so bad, how can we trust his governing judgment?

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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Texas Republican Congressman Joe Barton is the latest politician to be caught, so to speak, with his pants down. And in his case it’s particularly bad since Barton portrays himself as a strong social conservative and Christian with all that entails.
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