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Feb 23 2018

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So there are a lot of reasons to hate on Eric Greitens.

I suppose it’s ok to blindfold and manacle your sexual partner though I must say I don’t find it the least bit erotic because the regular boring kind is icky enough. I do think it speaks volumes about our cultural treatment of women that they are more often the recipients of this type of behavior that the purveyors of it. Fifty Shades of Gray mostly makes me sad, not aroused. It says something about your power relationships which is why the Adult Wednesday Addams sketches I highlighted Monday that deal with those practices are so funny. One of the cornerstones of comedy is to undercut audience expectations.

However something on which we might all agree is that taking pictures of your paramour and using them to coerce their silence about your relationship in order to conceal it from your significant other, your associates, and, if prominent, the general public is, in a word, reprehensible.

It is mildly entertaining that sexual scandal, while not unknown among Democrats, is so closely associated with Republicans who’s Victorian posturing as virtuous Christians and defenders of “family values” is so important to their political supporters. I’ll have to dust off that piece about “The Hypocrisy of Forgiveness” I’ve been working on.

You know, not everything is about the size of your penis surrogate big gun and if you pause to consider that a whole baby comes out you’ll realize that technique matters a lot more than volume.

Oh, his wife and kids.

Prepping for impeachment: Here’s what Greitens and lawmakers face in the coming days
By Kurt Erickson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
2/23/18

The process of deciding whether to impeach scandal-plagued Gov. Eric Greitens will begin as early as Monday in the Missouri House of Representatives.

House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, spent Thursday and Friday reviewing which members of the Legislature’s lower chamber would be named to a special committee to investigate the charges against the embattled chief executive.

Among those expected to sit on the panel is Rep. Jay Barnes, a Jefferson City Republican who has experience as a litigator and is term-limited after this year. Others could include Rep. Robert Cornejo, R-St. Peters.

Greitens was indicted and booked by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s office on a felony invasion of privacy charge Thursday for allegedly transmitting a non-consensual photo of a partly nude lover in March 2015.

The revelations, which have been dogging the governor for over a month, have triggered a cascade of calls for him to resign. The governor, however, has vowed to fight the charges.

Greitens’ attorney, Edward Dowd, also expressed support for handling the matter through a special committee.

“We welcome reviewing this issue with the independent, bipartisan committee of the Missouri House of Representatives,” Dowd said. “We will work with the committee. We will be deposing witnesses and will be happy to share information with you with the Court’s permission.”

It remained unclear Friday whether Greitens would agree to appear before the panel.

Some members of the Legislature remain hopeful that Greitens will resign, allowing the House and Senate to return to the business of approving bills and working on the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Rep. Jean Evans, R-Manchester, said a group of lawmakers is circulating a petition calling on Greitens to step down. She said she had not decided whether she would add her name to the list, but said the saga is increasingly distracting.

“It’s not people gossiping in the hallways,” Evans said. “It’s legitimate time constraints.”

When the House does convene a committee to investigate Greitens — the first step in the impeachment process — that will take some of the Legislature’s best minds away from other state business, she said.

“There’s only so much bandwidth that we have,” Evans said.

As an example of the distraction, Evans said she was contacted by the St. Louis circuit attorney’s office Thursday, and that they were seeking to speak with her. She said she spent a good portion of her day thinking about the request, but ultimately did not meet with prosecutors because “by the time I hit St. Louis County, the governor had been arrested.”