If you had to pick between being Mistress Number 1 (who had to endure Scott DesJarlais' crybabying about having to accompany you to have the abortion he was trying to pressure you into, and who now has to endure his claims that said whining was a ruse to get you to admit you weren't pregnant) or being Mistress Number 2 (who allegedly got pot and recreational prescription pills and home-cooked meals), I don't think there's any question that you'd choose to be Mistress Number 2.
Mistress 2 recently sat down for an interview with The Times Free Press and she made DesJarlais out to be ... well ... not the kind of guy you'd expect to be the delight of conservative Republicans:
"His biggest thing that's completely unethical is him just picking up women while he's a doctor," the woman said in an interview last week. "I mean, seriously, that's his big no-no. ... He's just a hound."
The woman said the affair lasted six months and included mutual illicit drug use.
"Scott was just a regular guy," she said. "He smoked. I mean, he smoked pot. He [did] all that stuff." [...]
"He was the nicest guy — made dinner, supernice, tried to razzle-dazzle you with his conversation," she said. "I don't know exactly how it started, but I mean, when it did, he just kept on and kept on."
At this point, I almost feel a tiny bit bad for DesJarlais. He's got an ex-wife who says he abused her, an ex-mistress he's on tape sounding very abusive of, and the person who will say he's "the nicest guy" is another mistress who claims he abused his prescribing power to do drugs with her. The only way it could get worse is if some woman came out of the woodwork to say that he likes to kick puppies that belong to his patients.
All kidding aside, here's the thing. A lot of people are not at their best when going through a divorce. They do things and say things they might not do and say if they weren't dealing with enormous psychological pressure. By all accounts, it does seem as if DesJarlais has pulled his life together.
But you'd think that a guy whose life went this way would have some sympathy for other people whose lives go this way. But no, Scott DesJarlais has devoted his legislative career making life more difficult for people who do the things he's done.
That approach to politics is not tenable. You can't have one group of people who can do whatever the fuck they want and another group of people who the first group sends to jail for doing those same things. Eventually, that always ends badly.
Laws should not be aspirational goals. Either we all live by them or we get rid of the ones that no one follows and that are selectively enforced. We can't have folks like DesJarlais saying, "Well, it's cool for me to do these things, but not for you." Not and have democracy work.