Caught this over at Pillage Idiot. From the depths of the wit and wisdom that is
Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue, as the gloriously gay Oscar Wilde said. And gays are the sacrifice that hypocritical Republican candidates offer to placate “values” voters — even though some candidates are not so finicky about morals regarding their own affairs and divorces.Boy, that's just clever. Uhh, wait a minute. What's that? Oscar Wilde didn't say that? You mean somebody fact-checked her MoDoNess? Yes they did, and this is what they found:
As [Steven] Berkowitz [A letter-writer to the NY Slimes] notes, however, that wasn't Oscar Wilde's line at all. "Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue" (which, by the way, is a brilliant observation) belongs to La Rochefoucauld, as even an elementary Google search would have disclosed, to say nothing of actually cracking open a dictionary of quotations.But, it's us, the right-wing bloggers, who don't have any accountability, and just throw stuff out there, and can't be trusted. Er, something.
But that would have distracted from Dowd's narrative, which is that a line from a gay author showed that Romney is a hypocrite on gays in the military, as are all the other Republican presidential candidates. (She, on the other hand, thinks the war in Iraq is a crime, but it's a scandal that gays aren't allowed to die in it.)