Media Seattle Times: Resign, Sen. Craig
posted by August 31 at 13:48 PMon
In an editorial today, the Seattle Times urged Sen. Larry “Wide Stance” Craig (R-Idablow) to resign. The Seattle Times has a pretty sterling reputation when it comes to gay issues—rabidly and reliably pro-gay marriage, for starters—and the paper goes out of its way to let readers know that their call for Craig’s resignation has nothing to do with the senator’s gayness or not-gayness.
Craig is not guilty of being gay. Or of being deceitful or in denial about his sexuality. The senator had a choice, and decided to put the dignity and privilege of his high office at risk in the pursuit of sex in a very public setting.
The official charge is misdemeanor disorderly conduct, but he is truly guilty of felonious stupidity and arrogance….
Human frailties are magnified in the harsh light of a life served in front of and on behalf of the public. Second chances are extended, but there are limits. The surreal notion of a U.S. senator trolling for sexual gratification in an airport restroom crosses that boundary.
So for the Seattle Times the issue seems to be location, location, location. If Sen. Craig—a “family values” crusader, a foe of same-sex marriage, a supporter of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”—was caught having gay sex in a hotel room… then it would’ve been alright, despite the hypocrisy? It wasn’t the sex, but where he was trolling for sex?
And what of Louisiana’s David Vitter? Or “Vitter the Shitter,” as this tarnished “family values” crusader is known among professional sex workers in New Orleans. Vitter admitted to sexual “sin,” or hiring hookers, and claims that his wife and God have forgiven him. And so have his colleagues in the GOP—the same folks that are demanding Craig step down gave Vitter a pass. Craig’s conduct is “unforgivable,” says Sen. Mitch McConnell. The Seattle Times would seem to agree to with McConnell—and unless there’s an editorial coming soon calling for Vitter to resign, then the Seattle Times call for Craig’s resignation would seem to have everything to do with his gayness.
Unless the Seattle Times thinks that paying a hooker to put you in diapers is somehow more dignified than trolling for sex in an airport toilet.