Sunday, December 02, 2007

Larry, give it up already

Senator Craig is going to wish he'd simply retired three months ago.

For over a year people have been telling me that Dan Popkey of the Idaho Statesman was working on a thorough investigative piece on a secret that had long been out in DC gay circles, that homophobic right-wing Republican Senator Larry Craig was addicted to sex with men. Some of the closeted gay Republicans on Capitol Hill occasionally-- rarely but occasionally-- get a pang of conscience about demonizing other gay people and will refrain from voting to destroy the lives of gay men and women and their families. But not Larry Craig. All the time he was out hunting for anonymous sex in toilets and gay bars he was part of the 100% crowd of hysterical anti-gay extremists. He strongly opposed prohibiting job discrimination against gays and lesbians. He strongly opposed expanding hate crimes legislation to include crimes perpetrated against gays and lesbians. He strongly supported legislation and even a constitutional amendment to prohibit same sex marriage. Every opportunity he's had to vote against gay people he's taken. And all the while, according to the "he-said, he-said" report in today's Idaho Statesman, he was sneaking around in the dark having sex with strange men.

It's kind of funny, isn't it? Craig's fellow GOPers Repubs Hagel, Warner, and Allard are choosing to retire with as much dignity as a rubber-stamper possibly can, while Craig insists on holding onto his job.