August 31, 2004

My Momma Told Me

…that if I was ever a hypocritical Republican senator representative who co-authored a discriminatory Federal Marriage Amendment, I ought not to let a tape of me making a “same-sex” phone sex call fall into the hands of gay activists.

Virginia Republican who cosponsored Federal Marriage Amendment resigns; Alleged taped gay phone sex calls surface

Clearly the Republican party is not anti-gay. It’s OK to be gay, as long as you are really, really, really ashamed of it. But you can’t be a senator representative if it gets out.

I’ve long thought that the media protects people in office. With bloggers in the picture, stuff like this can hit the ‘net from anywhere. That may mean some nastier stuff hitting the public consciousness, but it also means a tougher time on hypocritical self-haters.

Anyone can launch spurious allegations from anywhere. Will readers become more discerning consumers? If we have been protected by the media, has that caused our own filters to atrophy? If you don’t use it, you lose it. Sure, “don’t believe everything you read” is an old adage, but I think we do tend to believe what we read in the newspaper. In this case, we have a blogger who says he’s not through outing people.

As a tactic, I have problems with outing. It’s been used before by gay activists, and I think it violates the target to plaster their sexual preferences across the front pages of the world. Even people who don’t deserve the courtesy (like hypocritical Republicans, in this case) ought to still have that privacy.

But they won’t have as much privacy in today’s open frontier of the blogosphere. Is it at all significant that outing only has any impact so long as being gay is something that gets attention? Yes and no. No matter what the issue, high profile hypocrites will always be newsmakers.

Posted by James at August 31, 2004 9:34 AM
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There's a term for this type of action: projection.

The attribution of one's own ideas, feelings, or attitudes to other people or to objects; especially : the externalization of blame, guilt, or responsibility as a defense against anxiety.

Be queer, be loud about hating queers so no one will suspect you of being queer, and voila--a hypocrite is born.

Jesus, what a life. Hate, especially of self, will consume you in the end.

Posted by: Patti M. at August 31, 2004 9:49 AM
Clearly the Republican party is not anti-gay. Itís OK to be gay, as long as you are really, really, really ashamed of it.

LOL. I shall remember this quote for as long as I live.


Posted by: Chuck S. at August 31, 2004 10:14 AM

Self-haters filled with shame - maybe. But there's another way to think of hypocrites like Schrock, or career racist Strom Thurmond, who fathered a black child.

Say you're gay, or you're a white man who has a thing for black women, or whatever. You have no interest in helping others, but you do want power.

It's a lot easier to get power by *pretending* to be a zealot than actually being one. (A real zealot may lack the ability to focus on administrative matters.) So, you decide you want power, and you have to pick something to be zealous about... so you pick something that's near and dear to your heart

That way, you can LAUGH YOUR ASS OFF at the irony of all the naive people who are so intoxicated and delighted with your hatred that they'll simply take you at your word and make you powerful, AND you can delude yourself that you're still a decent person because you're not the homophobe/racist/whatever that you pretend to be.

So, even as you resign in disgrace, you're filled not with self-loathing, but secret self-righteousness.

Posted by: Julie at August 31, 2004 10:35 AM

Julie, while your explanation is interesting, I think you're crediting these idiots with more intelligence than they have.

This guy likes to have sex with other guys, and wanted to throw people off track by vehemently hating queers.

He's just an asshole who got caught with his dick in, well, an asshole. Simple.

Posted by: Patti M. at August 31, 2004 2:38 PM

I should say vehemently espousing hatred for queers.

People like this make me really angry. It's like good old boy Gingrich who talked up a storm about Family Values. Yep, this wonderful human being went to the hospital to see his wife, who was in the hospital for cancer surgery, and discuss his wish to get a divorce.

Do as I say, not as I do. Do you love these guys?

Just in case you've all forgotten, here's the story.

From Mother Jones:

"Gingrich did, however, talk a great deal about ethics, traditional values, and the family. 'America needs a return to moral values,' his literature announced, showing photos of the young candidate and his family and describing his church activities as a deacon and as a Sunday school teacher."


"In April of 1980, the candidate who had promised to 'keep his family together'" told his wife he was filing for divorce. According to sources in whom Gingrich confided at the time, he was already having an affair with the woman he later married."


"The divorce turned much of Carrollton against Gingrich. Jackie was well loved by the townspeople, who knew how hard she had worked to get him elected-as she had worked before to put him through college and raise his children. To make matters worse, Jackie had undergone surgery for cancer of the uterus during the 1978 campaign, a fact Gingrich was not loath to use in conversations or speeches that year. After the separation in 1980, she had to be operated on again, to remove another tumor While she was still in the hospital, according to Howell, "Newt came up there with his yellow legal pad, and he had a list of things on how the divorce was going to be handled. He wanted her to sign it. She was still recovering from surgery, still sort of out of it, and he comes in with a yellow sheet of paper, handwritten, and wants her to sign it."

From Frontline:

"That fall, while she was in the hospital recovering from surgery for uterine cancer, he appeared at her bedside with a yellow legal pad outlining the details for their divorce. The next year, he married his current wife, Marianne Ginther, a small-town Ohio woman fifteen years younger than Jackie, who was then a personnel clerk with the Secret Service."

From CNN:

Gingrich separated from Jackie, his wife of 19 years and his former high school math teacher. It has become part of the Gingrich legend that he would later go to her hospital room where she was being treated for cancer to discuss a divorce. Gingrich later married Marianne Ginther.

Posted by: Patti M. at August 31, 2004 2:56 PM

Small correction -- Schrock is (was) a representative, not a senator.

I sort of agree with you about outing, but I'm willing to look the other way in cases like this. I don't really give a rat's ass about whether a bigot like Schrock is suffering. I do, however, strongly favor nailing hypocrites to the wall with their own lies.

Posted by: Bob at September 1, 2004 5:08 AM

I echo Bob's sentiments.

He who lives by the nastiness dies by the nastiness.

Posted by: Patti M. at September 1, 2004 9:19 AM

different Bob by the way.

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at September 1, 2004 11:48 AM

I figured. You think I don't know my own husband? Sheesh!

Posted by: Patti M. at September 1, 2004 11:50 AM

That's why she agreed with him! ;-)

Posted by: briwei at September 1, 2004 2:51 PM

Of course she knew. Do you think she would have agreed with him otherwise?

Posted by: briwei at September 1, 2004 2:52 PM

Hey now.

Posted by: Patti M. at September 1, 2004 3:12 PM

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