Monday, October 02, 2006



Most voters-- on both sides-- buy into the carefully nurtured image of the Republican Party being anti-gay, even homophobic, especially the suckers from their base, the poor souls who pay attention when their pastor-politicians tell them the GOP is God's Own Party. People who know better might call it the Gay Old Party. Both appellations are silly, of course, but Arizona right-wing extremist James Buchanan makes an angry case that the Republican Party is run by a Gay Mafia.

Buchanan is clearly a homophobic nutcase and far right Republican fanatic. But that doesn't mean his accusations are completely untrue. He makes the case that although "opposition to gay marriage is one of the biggest reasons many people still support the Republicans," gays have flocked into the upper echelons of the GOP. He gets hysterical about Republican congressmen David Dreier and Michael Huffington both being pole-smokers, accuses Rove and Mehlman of being a homos and goes off on Jeff Gannon. "How did so many closeted conservative gay men wind up in the upper echelons of the GOP? Should the GOP be called the Gay Old Party now?" Absolutely, Mr Buchanan, and may I suggest that you make up fliers and put them on the windshields of the cars parked at the mega-churches on Sundays?

"Most ordinary Americans don't have a clue about Karl Rove or Ken Mehlman," explains the somewhat demented Buchanan. "Many Americans don't know that Karl Rove has been frequently referred to as Bush's brain. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Sixpack have been blissfully ignorant of the true nature of the Bush regime. They think everything is being done for sincere, patriotic reasons while nothing could be further from the truth. One fact that went completely over the heads of most Americans is that George Bush did absolutely nothing to outlaw Gay marriage. All Bush did was talk. Perhaps he didn't want to upset the Republican Gay Mafia by actually passing legislation himself. He could have had a federal law created in the Republican-controlled House and signed it into law himself, but he didn't. Instead, local state Republican workers did all the work to put propositions on their state ballots and Bush stole all the credit. The truth is that we need a new political party. The Republican Party only pretends to represent our interests. The top level of the GOP is infested with Gays and would shock ordinary Americans if they ever got a close look."

Buchanan is driven by a severe mental illness: homophobia. Nevertheless, that doesn't mean that closeted gay people aren't all over the GOP. They are. There may be more or there may be less gay people in the upper echelons of the Democratic Party. But they tend to not be closeted. Being closeted tends to make someone, by definition, duplicitous and living a lie. Reading the pages' e-mails makes it clear they worried less about Barney Frank (not closeted) and Jim Kolbe (outed) than about Foley (a sneaky groper and child predator). Most gays feel exactly the same way about preying on children that straight people do; it's abhorrent, whether it's done by straights, like it usually is, or by gays like Foley.

But how did the Republican leadership let him get away with this year after year after year? "Everyone" knew, certainly-- despite his initial denials-- Hastert, as well as Reynolds (who took $100,000 in hush money from Foley and hired his chief of staff), Shimkus, and Boehner. Why did they allow this dangerous predator access to the underaged pages? Reynolds, in fact, practically acted like a pimp for Foley, inviting him to posh dinners with the boys in fancy restaurants most Americans never get to set foot in. Well, I hate to sound like Buchanan, but there is indeed a gay Mafia-- a closeted, petrified gay Mafia-- always fearful of losing their status if they are outed-- sitting atop the Republican hierarchy. They closed ranks and protected Foley.

Impeccable D.C. sources have told DWT that Hastert's chief counsel, Ted Van Der Meid, a former Ethics Committee staffer, is closeted and he has been named by Roll Call as one of the top Republicans who was aware of Foley's behavior. Another powerful Republican closet case who helped Hastert put together the cover-up was Jeff Trandahl, the former Clerk of the House.

Once the Foley-as-groper charges make it into the mainstream media, this scandal will really take off. My fear, of course, is that it will cause not a backlash against Republican hypocrites and criminals, but against innocent gay people, who would no sooner molest a child than anyone else you know would.

By the way, Kirk Fordham, the chief of staff who once worked for Foley and now works for Tom Reynolds (R-NY), but was loaned back to Foley by Reynolds to help orchestrate the cover-up, tried to cut a deal with Brian Ross, the ABC News reporter who broke the scandal. Ross, who already had the highly incriminating instant messages between Foley and several of the underaged pages, asked to interview Foley. Reynolds' aide told him that Foley was quitting congress and offered him "an exclusive" if he agreed not to publish the overtly sexual instant messages.


I keep forgetting that Matt Drudge is "officially in the closet." He's so well known in the gay community for being just another garden variety self-loathing gay Republican-- didn't he try to "date" or something David Brock when Brock was still a right winger? Today Drudge tried to help Bush shill Tony Snow and ex-high school wrestling coach Denny Hastert to circle the wagons by making the outrageous and preposterous claims that the whole Predatorgate scandal and Republican cover-up is a Democratic election stunt and that the boys were the ones seducing poor Foley, not the other way around. He calls them "17-year old beasts." How about this son of a rich Republican contributor who says Foley grabbed his dick in a public restroom? It's probably standard procedure for a monster like Drudge, but that crap doesn't wash for gays or straights, just for sickos like Foley and Drudge. (And, of course, he's demanding that whoever leaked the IMs should be investigated.) What a complete turd this is. No shame whatsoever!

John Amato has the audios of Drudge's disgusting rant over at Crooks and Liars.


At 3:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They can cover up because they all know the dirty little secrets and don't tell. I've always said that if you listen to them enough they eventually tell the truth.(even when they don't mean too) On the Situation Room today Bay Buchanan said, in the heat of discussion, we all knew he was gay or words to that effect. If you get a chance to see the video see if you can catch it. The fact that he's gay is irrelevent except for his rabbid homophobia. I do think, however, it might have made a difference to his constituents

Clearly the politicians and the D.C. media knows who's doing what or should I say whom. Those of us out here amongst the "Great Unwashed" are not deemed worthy of information that might help us make more informed decisions or at least protect our children.

At 4:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

An after thought. I'm starting to here of more and more Repubs saying they're switching to Dems.

Remember Reagan Democrats? Is this the start of Bush Democrats?

At 8:31 PM, Blogger Phoenix Woman said...

And the beauty of all this is that it's the very homophobia that the GOP has wielded like a Ginsu knife that is coming back to bite them in the ass.

The fact that it's a man-on-boy scandal is enraging and depressing the right-wing evangelicals in a way that a man-on-girl scandal would not. The evangelicals will stay home in droves this fall unless the GOP Congress starts tacking hard to the right -- and if they do so TOO hard, they'll alienate the soccer moms and the urban vote.

Even if Foley's the only casualty here -- which is looking less and less likely with each passing day -- this is NOT what the Republicans wanted to be doing one month before the most important mid-term election in decades. To say that this is a distraction is like saying that Joe Montana could throw a football pretty good.

The thing here is that for the first time in a long time, the normally-unified GOP front has broken down into several equally-strong warring factions, much like post-Saddam Iraq. There's no clear leader, no clear faction that's strong enough to subdue the other factions, and there probably won't be for at least another week.

The mere fact that there is no functioning leadership of the GOP House Caucus -- that it has become "every man for himself" as Josh Marshall states -- will in itself cost the GOP two to five seats it otherwise would have won. Money that would have been spent on attack ads against Democratic opponents will now be spent on attorneys' fees. Effort that would have gone into campaign strategizing now is going into simply keeping out of the pokey.

In a word, this is glorious.

At 9:38 PM, Blogger Nell said...

Michael Rogers, at, has Kirk Fordham on his list of gay (and closeted) Republicans. For quite a while now, because he lists him as working for Mel Martinez (who won the Senate seat Foley was organizing to run for until he had the meltdown "I'm not gay" conference call in May 2003).

Fordham became Reynolds' chief of staff in early October 2005. Right as word of the emails was working its way around. Hastert announced Trandahl's impending departure Sept. 30. Remember also that when Tom DeLay stepped down as Majority Leader on Sept. 27, Hastert first floated Rules Committee chair David Dreier, known by one and all to be gay, for the job.

At 12:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you have put things in a good perspective. Because we live in a conservative run society politicians have done everything the can since 1776 to closet themselves. So that is no suprise. What is a suprise is that we still fall for it. Or a least the right does.
What bothers me is not the lies these people tell themeselves or others, but that once again the real issue, a man with the power to legislate other peoples lives is no longer being seen correctly as a sexual predator of boys, but as homosexual.
At least Clinton's blow job was from an adult of leagal age. People accepted him for exactly what he was a horn dog.


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