It's a hell of a thing, watching politicos and pundits tweeting breathlessly about alleged sexual predator Harvey Weinstein while also mocking Vice President Mike Pence for maintaining a strict rule about not being alone with women who are not his wife.
It'd be one thing if Pence was the overcorrected version of Weinstein, going so far as to bar women from working in his office. But he is not.
There was plenty of snickering this weekend over Pence's marriage rule after he staged a costly counterdemonstration of the NFL's ongoing national anthem protests. The incident occurred during the opening ceremonies of a game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers.
"I left today's Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem," read the vice president's Twitter account shortly after his orchestrated stunt in Indianapolis.
There's a lot to criticize in this, especially the amount of money it cost U.S. taxpayers for the vice president to fly to Indiana from Nevada for a game he planned to attend for only 10 minutes, only to fly back to California later that same day.
Oddly enough, rather than maintain focus on the crassness of Pence's culture war stunt, some politicos and pundits went back to the well of jeering at the vice president's personal code of conduct.
"Says the guy who won't be alone with a women [sic] who isn't his wife or attend events featuring alcohol without her," Chris Lu, the executive director of Obama's transition, said in response to Pence's tweet.
Former Hillary Clinton spokesman Jesse Ferguson tweeted elsewhere, "Things Pence can't handle... 1) Football Games 2) Broadway Musicals 3) Being Alone With a Woman Not His Wife," he tweeted.
Here's some friendly advice: If your resume includes working for the Clintons, maybe stay away from jokes about marital fidelity.
The Huffington Post's Matt Fuller said in his own take on the matter, "Honey? Do you have plans this Sunday? Yeah, why? Well, I need to go Indianapolis, watch the National Anthem, storm out in disgust, send some tweets, then go to a fundraiser in California. But I need you to come in case a girl sits near me."
So close, but didn't quite stick the landing.
The vice president deserves criticism for Sunday's pre-planned and extremely expensive stunt.
Pence's supporters defend the move by arguing that he was going to be in Indiana already for an event honoring former quarterback Peyton Manning. True. But the vice president could've done this without also costing taxpayers a boatload of cash. It's not cheap for the vice president to fly from the West Coast to the Midwest and then back again all in the same day. And it is certainly not cheap for the Secret Service to secure an area like an NFL stadium.
If there was a chance the vice president would end up leaving Lucas Oil Stadium over a national anthem protest, he should've joined the Manning memorial via Skype or something comparable. The point is, he could've done it for free. Considering the president all but confirmed Pence's walkout was staged, the vice president knowingly squandered a great deal of taxpayer money just so he could be seen making a statement about certain NFL players.
What's crazy is that with all of the legitimately stupid things done this weekend, some decided to turn the incident into something about the vice president's policy of carefully guarding his marriage.
These jokes, which, by the way, have run long past their expiration dates, feel like something out of high school. It's as if we've reverted to the days of pointing and laughing at things and experiences that are different from our own.
We're well past that point now. How about focusing on the things that are actually worthy of criticism?