The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Five! Five gay Republican homophobes! Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah!

I haven't actually been counting, but from Ted Haggard to Mark Foley to Bob Allen it's been a tough time for anti-gay, GOP crusaders. I admit it-- I actually feel kinda sorry for them. But that's probably because I'm not a complete horse's ass.

News has just come out that the 62-year-old Republican senator [Larry Craig] from Idaho -- you know, the socially conservative supporter of the Federal Marriage Amendment whose 2005 voting record got 96 out of 100 points from the American Conservative Union -- was arrested on June 11 for trying to initiate "lewd" contact with a male undercover police officer in an airport bathroom. . .

[Lengthy description of alleged exchange of 'signals' used in this sort of situation.]

Apparently, when questioned, Craig claimed to have been innocently waiting outside the stall. But what about the foot touching? He has a "wide stance" when going to the bathroom. And the hand waving? He was reaching for a piece of errant toilet tissue. Who cares that the police report specifically states that there was no paper on the floor, or that his hand was palm up? Or that on Aug. 8, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct? As of Monday, Craig said he committed no wrongdoing and that he regrets his guilty plea.

Not quite as bad as those ubiquitous emergency room stories of people who happened to fall, while naked, onto a blunt object. But still pretty feeble. Maybe being a 62 year-old gay man in Idaho is punishment enough.

UPDATE: More. Much more. Craig has a long history of this sort of thing. Going back to the freakin' sixties! And he was Romney's campaign co-chair in Idaho. Is this the fifth or the sixth state-level campaign official that's resigned on the GOP side? See it all here. Couldn't these shitheads at least skip the marriage and children thing? If denial and self-hatred is your thing, that's sad. If wrecking other people's lives over it is your thing, you can go to hell.

Wikipedia is always a fun place to go when a scandal is breaking. They've got all sorts of stuff on Craig's history of homophobia and his countless denials of being gay. Wasn't there a character like this in the Kids In the Hall movie?

In 1995, Craig formed a barbershop quartet called The Singing Senators with Senators Trent Lott, John Ashcroft, and James Jeffords.

In 1982, Craig went on network news to deny rumors involving cocaine and sex with male congressional pages.

In October 2006, gay activist blogger Mike Rogers published allegations on his blog that Craig was homosexual; Craig called the allegation "completely ridiculous."

Like I said, both sites have many, many more accounts of such allegations. Weird, weird stuff.