Pamela has already mentioned the brouhaha over Senator Larry Craig, Republican of Idaho, and his “indiscretion”. Craig, who sponsored the Defense of Marriage Act and actively campaigns against gay marriage, “was arrested in June by an undercover police officer in a men’s bathroom at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in the case three weeks ago.
“According to a police report obtained by the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call, which disclosed the episode and the guilty plea Monday, a plainclothes police officer investigating complaints of sexual activity in the bathroom arrested the senator on June 11 after what the officer described as sexual advances made by Mr. Craig from an adjoining stall.
“The officer said Mr. Craig had tapped his foot, in what the officer called a known signal to engage in lewd conduct, and had also brushed his foot against the investigator’s and waved his hand under the stall divider several times before the officer showed him his badge. After the arrest the senator denied any sexual intent, and in a statement issued Monday afternoon he attributed the matter to a misunderstanding, claiming he had a wide stance.”
[snicker] So the good, god-fearing Senator goes on to plead guilty and pay his fine, only now “regrets” having done so. “I should have had the advice of counsel in resolving this matter. In hindsight, I should not have pled guilty. I was trying to handle this matter myself quickly and expeditiously.”
I’ll bet. If I were a Republican United States Senator circling the drain and intent on “getting some”, I’d be trying to “handle myself quickly and expeditiously” as possible too. I just wouldn’t be doing so in public restrooms at the airport.
You know who I really feel sorry for in all this? Not Craig, but the cop who drew that freakin’ assignment. “Yo, Smitty, you got repressed gay perv duty today, yuk, yuk, yuk.” It really begs the question, WTF are we doing paying law enforcement officers to sit in bathroom stalls at the airport all day and wait for sex solicitation? I think I’d cap myself before I agreed to that job.
And while I can think of about a million other places I’d like to have carnal relations other than a public restroom, the other question is, WTF are we doing busting consenting adults who are interested in having sex with one another? Is it because it is [gasp!] gay sex? Would they have sent a female police office undercover into the women’s bathroom to sit on the crapper 8 hours and wait for solicitation? Or a female officer into the men’s bathroom?
Again, I’m not making a case for public “lewd behavior” or even a defense of Craig. The larger point is that this is just a reflection of how our society deals with sexual orientation (or doesn’t, as the case may be). People just can’t get past homosexual males as object of derision and fear. Bill Maher said the other night that Karl Rove won elections by playing up the “fears of immigrants, terrorists and gays…they’re flooding over the border, they’re flying across the ocean, they’re climbing on your back.” Run for your lives!
The one stereotype you can bet most Americans will walk away from this bit of news with is “Ain’t that just like them queers? Going all gay sex on us in the damn men’s room?”
Reap what you sow, Senator Craig.
Cross posted from AoF