Idaho Republican senator Larry "Wide Stance" Craig is still trying to ride out the stormy aftermath of his arrest for soliciting sex in a Minneapolis airport men's room last spring — much to the delight of Democrats and late-night comedians.
Not content with becoming merely a momentary national punchline, Craig seems determined to drag, er, stretch his notoriety into a long-running sitcom. He has continued his tireless efforts to wiggle out of his conviction for weeks. He held a press conference to deny he was gay and thanked all those attending who "came out" to support him. Oy.
This week, he began making the rounds of the national talk shows to plead his case, dragging his poor wife along behind him, keeping the story alive for yet another news-cycle. Republicans desperately wish he would just go away. Democrats hope he keeps, uh, stalling until the next erection, er, election.
And in a, um, stroke of serendipity straight out of La Cage aux Folles, Craig was inducted into the Idaho Hall of Fame (who knew they had one?) this week. I bet that ceremony wasn't at all awkward.
Yes, it's funny, but it's also stupid — and oh so predictable. Another sexual hypocrite seems to pop up every week. On Monday, a Vatican official was suspended after being caught on a hidden camera making advances to a young man. The official said that he was only pretending to be gay as part of his work. He frequented online gay chat rooms and met with gay men in order to gather information about "those who damage the image of the church with homosexual activity."
Oh, sweet Jesus, give me a break.
Last Thursday, October 11th, was the annual "National Coming Out Day," sponsored by gay and lesbian groups across the country. The purpose of the event is to urge those folks who are in the closet to stop covering up their true sexuality and live openly gay lives. It's a great idea.
Imagine our world if all the sexual hypocrisy were to go away. Sure, we'd learn we have lots of gay elected officials, but what's wrong with that? They're already gay, after all. Now they'd have to be honest too. And that's never a bad thing.
In the 14 years I've been the Flyer editor, I've gotten lots of hate mail. It mostly used to come in envelopes filled with pages of scrawled handwriting. I read them and put them in the wastebasket, chalking it up as a natural by-product of writing for a liberal paper in the conservative South. Lately, the angry folks have switched to email, and it comes in waves ...
(such a sky and such a sun
i never knew and neither did you
and everybody never breathed
quite so many kinds of yes) — e. e. cummings