Kamala Harris: “Outrageous” That Mike Pence Would Protect His Marriage
In an interview nearly 17 years ago, the now-Vice President Mike Pence made an admission that continues to follow him to this day. He told The Hill in 2002 that he “never eats alone with a woman other than his wife.”
This bit of discipline is based on what was commonly known as the “Billy Graham Rule.” In the late 1940s, the evangelist developed a resolution to “avoid any situation that would have even the appearance of compromise or suspicion.” The rule not only extends a courtesy to a man’s wife but avoids the lure of temptation. While certainly not fashionable by today’s worldly standards, we’re sure that many a man who has found himself neck-deep in divorce proceedings wishes he could go back and apply it.
But to a country that increasingly views any whiff of old, traditional, Biblically-based teachings with suspicion (if not outright mockery and hate), this kind of rule smacks of some form of sexism. And that’s exactly how Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), a leading candidate for the 2020 Democratic nomination, views it.
“I disagree with most of what the vice president stands for, when he makes decisions about our LGBTQ community in a way that doesn’t understand that they should be entitled to full equality and all rights under the law as any other American,” Harris said in an MSNBC interview. “I disagree with him when he suggests it’s not possible to have meetings with women alone by himself. I think that’s ridiculous — the idea that you would deny a professional woman the opportunity to have a meeting with the vice president of the United States is outrageous.”
Harris is obviously entitled to – and expected to – disagree with the actions Pence took in Indiana to support religious freedom; it’s practically a Democrat litmus test to support LGBT “rights” over the First Amendment these days. Sad but true.
But for her to mischaracterize and denounce Pence’s personal rule that he not take private meetings with women out of respect for his marriage is a bridge too far. This is akin to Joy Behar mocking Pence for “talking to Jesus.” It shows a lack of respect for Pence, a lack of respect for the institution of marriage, and scorn for the traditional values that millions of Americans still hold dear.
That’s not to say it’s surprising to hear Harris talk like this, but it certainly is interesting. After all, we just went through a news cycle where hundreds of feminist bloggers told us that it was “sexist” to bring up Harris’s affair with former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. So why would it possibly be okay for Harris to comment on the personal romantic life of the Vice President?
Pence’s press secretary quickly shot back across the bow at Harris, saying: “He’s elevated women to positions of leadership throughout his career & relies on their advice & counsel. Get your facts straight.”
Elsewhere in the MSNBC interview, Harris noted that there certainly were a lot of Democrats running for president.
“We have an embarrassment of riches among the Democrats who are running,” she said.
Well…that gets pretty close to the truth.