If you thought that losing control of Congress would mean we would hear less about Republican sex scandals, you were wrong. Two recent revelations about Republican elected officials continue the drum beat about hypocrisy within the conservative movement.
The first, and the most notable is that of U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-LA) who was "outed" as a "John" who used the services of a scandalous escort service in Washington D.C. The other is State Representative Bob Allen (R-FL), who was busted soliciting an undercover police officer for oral sex. Allen even offered to pay a paltry twenty dollars for the blow job (must not have been that cute of an officer, but I digress).
I am not a fan of undercover police sting operations against gay men because they nearly always turn into entrapment operations. I happen to be somewhat of an expert in this area because the organization I work for has worked on hundreds of these cases. In 1998 we published a ground breaking report entitled "Bag A Fag" which chronicles the problems with these operations and the laws used to terrorize gay men.
We may never know if Allen actually committed a crime or not, because police frequently lie in these cases in order to make an arrest and humiliate a gay man. I won't dwell on these operations here but for more info on it see Between the Lines.
But of course the two men caught in these situations (one presumably straight and the other presumably gay) are both big moral crusaders. They have been leaders in introducing and supporting legislation that hurts gay and lesbian people and they claim to be strong supporters of heterosexual monogamous marriage. Problem is they don't really practice that. They have been caught with their pants down, literally -- in front of all their constituents.
The Family Research Council is rushing to the defense of Vitter because at least he admitted his "sin." Defenders of Allen are already saying the public should be kind to him because of all his years of service. WHAT?!?
We are truly living in an M.C. Escher picture if this logic holds up. Christian conservatives coming to the defense of Vitter but not Bill Clinton? Christian Conservatives hiding behind public service when one of their own is caught soliciting a homosexual act of prostitution in public? They have no qualms at all about the moral gymnastics they are performing and they still hold their head high and vote for these jerks because they are Republican.
Be prepared for more revelations soon, because where there is power, there is sex. And where there is chest-thumping conservatism there is shocking hypocrisy.