Just a few minutes ago, in an intensely telegraphed story, Idaho’s senior senator, who came to congress with Ronald Reagan in 1980, resigned. Larry Craig has bowed to the most intense pressure since Bob Packwood stepped down in 1996, and quit.
Update: TIME magazine bloviates.
Which must be a relief for Rightie bloggers, whose descent into the rhetorical equivalent of The Twilight Zone™ was never characterized so well, nor whose mindless bigotry was ever revealed so starkly as in this post from Alan Keyes’ “Renew America” blog. Mary Mostert hammers out this dulcet bit of Klannish homophobe prose, replete with Looking-Glass logic:
Another point that makes me think it is not Sen. Craig who is lying is that he is 62 years old and well known. Homosexuals that prowl public toilets looking for sex with strangers, as Sen. Craig is accused of doing, simply do not live to be 62 and don’t prowl where they could be easily recognized. The average life expectancy of a homosexual male in the USA is 41. However, homosexuals who prowl public bathrooms usually have hundreds of sex partners and die long before they reach the age of sixty. The famous Aids Memorial Quilt, the history of the San Francisco homosexual community and several medical studies indicate the life expectancy of people who do what Sen. Craig is accused of doing, i.e. soliciting homosexual sex from strangers, is 35.7 to 39 years.
[“Is it Sen. Craig or airport policeman Sgt. Karsnia who is lying?” and … “Mary Mostert is a nationally-respected political writer.” By whom? one wonders.]
GOP “science & rationality” strikes again. (Aristophanes dealt with this sort of mindless sophistry 2500 years ago — so there is no need to go into it here — in The Clouds)
As does Republican hypocrisy strike anew. Indications are that Larry Craig, soon-to-be ex-Senator, will now devote his full time to proving his “innocence” much as O.J. is still looking for the “real killers.”
The only real tension in this story is: will Craig move to K Street to become a high-powered D.C. lobbyist? or else fall pray (sic) to “Linda Syndrome” and put together a “Repentence” road show, replete with crocodile tears and loud protestations of how his new invisible friend Jesus saved him. It’s already “working” for Michael Vick, please note.
The normal path back to respectability for porn stars, professional athletes and politicians caught in scandals.
Forgive the cynicism, but there is very little in this whole sordid mess that strikes one as savory, or as any reflection of the alleged “goodness” of the American people, who still can’t seem to figure out that SOME people are actually bisexual. (Quit a few, actually.)
“I’m not gay,” indeed.
NOTE: In reference to an ongoing thread in this blog, Sen. Craig is not a Mormon. Smears of this nature will be removed from the comments thread, in keeping with stated blog guidelines.