Here’s what Democrats should say if they want to obtain a cheap and cynical political advantage from the Larry Craig controversy:
I am saddened that Larry Craig is having alleged details of his personal life brought out into the open. I think it’s a shame that our politics have become so personal. However, this does highlight the GOP’s closed-minded policies when it comes to addressing how we treat sexual orientation as a matter of public policy.
That’s how it’s done. You decry the gross invasion of someone’s personal life.
Then you take advantage of it.
To the extent Democrats speak about this at all, that’s a close approximation of what they’ll say.
Sure, unadulterated outrage is the decent reaction. But where’s the political advantage in that?
P.S. I understand the Rick Ellensburgs of this world are saying that it’s all about the hypocrisy. This is just a dishonest hook on which they can hang their glee at what they perceive as an embarrassment to a Republican.
If you can show me where Larry Craig has denounced homosexuality as deviant or immoral, and you can prove he is homosexual, you’ve got a good hypocrisy charge. But if the only thing you’ve got is his votes against gay marriage or special rights for homosexuals, then you’ve got nothing. Plenty of homosexuals oppose both.
Glenn Greenwald and company are using the hypocrisy charge as a phony justification for thuggery on private matters. They should be ashamed.