Details of former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert’s sex abuse scandal are becoming increasingly grisly. The prospect of a second Clinton Administration is forcing us to look back on the first one with new eyes.
It turns out that the men prosecuting Bill Clinton for lying under oath about his sexual harassment of subordinates were themselves operating from a remarkably compromised position. A long list of Republican Congressmen who grandstanded on Clinton’s behavior were simultaneously involved in their own similar affairs. Many of of them faced prosecution for those or other matters. Hastert himself is almost certainly headed to prison.
Here are a few legacy GOPLifer pieces that examined sex in politics through a Republican lens.
“Regardless of your party affiliation, policy positions, or the “substantive issues” you think people ought to be focusing their attention on, you will need to have a plan for what to do when (let’s just skip the “if”) those animals in the lamestream media notice what you’ve been doing with your Twitter feed. I want to help you help me by having your lewd behavior disappear quickly from the headlines.”
“DeMint defended his 2004 statement that homosexuals and women (only women) who are having sex outside of marriage should be barred from the teaching profession. Why? To protect religious freedom, obviously. How can I possibly experience the free expression of my faith if you’re out there shamelessly doing whatever you want with your filthy, shameful, tender, luscious young body?”
This month marks the third anniversary of the Republican Party’s Summer of Love; hot, gay, illegal love. It was on June 11 that staunch anti-gay Senator Larry Craig was arrested for soliciting gay sex from an undercover officer in the Minneapolis-St Paul airport. Craig followed the incident with a series of progressively more awkward public statements in which he denied being homosexual and bragged about how incredibly butch he was. He continues to publicly insist that it was all a big misunderstanding.
“Maybe you can sit across the table from a beloved friend and tell them that your straight family is more legitimate, more right, more legally and politically appropriate than theirs. Perhaps you can look into the eyes of people you care for and respect and explain that providing their children with the full legal protection of an official family would threaten something important that no one seems to be able to coherently define.
“I am not going to do that. Eat your sandwich alone.”