When asked about the Larry Craig incident, Mike Huckabee had a pretty good response:

“The American people will forgive us for being sinners. They will not forgive us for being hypocrites.”

But I’d take it a step further by asking: who really cares if Larry Craig is gay?

I certainly don’t. I don’t even care if he wants to meet people in a bathroom to have sex.

Being a lying hypocrite, though- that’s a different story.

The fact is: a lot of people are gay. It doesn’t make them sinners and it certainly doesn’t make them bad political leaders.

Not that we’d know though- since, at last count, I think there were only three OPENLY gay members of congress.

Which is strange given that somewhere between two and ten percent of the general population is estimated to be gay.

In reality, we should have around five gay senators and twenty five gay members of the house.

So… either the sexual preferences of the members congress are strangely different than that of the general population or, more likely, congress is full of a bunch of lying hypocrites.

I’m guessing it’s the latter.

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  • I know Larry Craig is a horrible hypocrite who has benefited politically from bashing gay people…but, I can’t help but feel a *little* sorry for him. Put him in generational perspective: even in Hollywood, Merv Griffin didn’t come out of the closet! And after he died, it was still taboo to discuss – in Hollywood!

    Good Huffington Post piece on the topic, via my blog.

  • Here‘s the link to Amber’s post.

    And this generational topic fits nicely into one of my working theories:

    that all of the anti-gay republicans are actually gay but were restricted by social norms in the 50’s and forced to marry and lead a straight life.

    Now they are really pissed and don’t want anyone else to be able to live the openly-gay life they wish they could have had.

  • Gay or straight, I don’t care. But come on to me in a men’s room and I’m kicking your ass.
    Nonetheless the only thing sinful here is the christofacists’ desire to immediately disavow one of their own when he gets caught with his pants down.

  • dirtgirl

    Well if being gay were more accepted and more people lived openly, there’d be fewer guys to cruise when you’re passing through the Minneapolis airport. Maybe he has a vested interest in keeping them in the closet.

    And guys? You are wimps. Women get brushed up against and have advances made on them ALL THE TIME but it’s not illegal. But a guy brushes his foot against yours and bring out the police? it’s pretty ridiculous. I agree that public sex should be illegal, but if you’re going to make hitting on someone be illegal, make it across the board?

  • Dirt:
    I’ve got no problem with a guy trying to hit on me (hey, it’s kind of flattering), but come on to me while I’m making number one or number two – and I’ll kick your ass.
    You’re welcome to approach me at the bar later and comment on my immense endowments, but leave me alone in the bathroom.

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