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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Bring On The Mexican Men
Inland Empress reminded me to check the LA Weekly website to follow up on a Doug Ireland interview this evening on the John and Ken Show on KFI. Ireland wrote an LA Weekly article that begins as follows:

The latest target of a Capitol Hill outing campaign — designed to expose closeted homosexual Republicans who oppose civil rights for gay people — is San Gabriel Valley Congressman David Dreier.

The powerful 12-term congressman...is in the cross hairs of Mike Rogers and his Blogactive.com Web site, whose outing campaign has already forced one GOP congressman out of politics. Representative Ed Schrock, a reactionary from Virginia, ended his re-election campaign last month after Rogers put on his Web site an audiotape of Schrock trolling for tricks on a gay chat line.

Now, Rogers...has given Dreier the “Roy Cohn Award, in recognition of 24 years of working against gay and lesbian rights while living as a gay man yourself.” He is pummeling Dreier with almost daily revelations as a response to the GOP’s anti-gay crusade for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages....

Dreier can probably survive outing in his district and be re-elected, and it won’t hurt him much with Arnold and his cronies either. But Dreier’s days as a key member of the ultra-homophobic Hastert-DeLay House GOP leadership may be numbered....

The position's interesting when you think about it. Some who advocates position "A" uses prejudicial attitudes to defeat someone who publicly opposes position "A." This helps the "cause." Kinda like hoping that exposing a Klansman's black parentage will get him lynched.

To their credit, John and Ken only devoted a half hour (including commercials) to interviewing Ireland, then went back on focus on Dreier's votes on illegal immigration, which is certainly a more important issue than the $150K/year escort service.

But, you have to admit that this puts a whole new spin on the RNC party...

Midmorning on Monday, conservative family-values groups convened a press conference to praise President Bush’s “strong moral leadership” and to distribute fortune cookies bearing slogans from the family-values agenda.

Come nightfall, however, that sense of conservative morality has been decidedly lacking at some parties thrown by Republicans during the convention.

At a bowling party hosted by House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-Calif.) on Sunday, a bikini-clad dancer entertained the crowd from a pink trapeze. At one point, the dancer’s gyrations were transmitted live by closed circuit to dozens of television screens above the bowling lanes, prompting startled looks from many partygoers....

The at-times-risqué entertainment at convention parties stands in contrast to the Republicans’ image as the party of moral rectitude. As recently as last week, officials from the Republican National Committee removed an off-Broadway show from a list of discounted performances for delegates because the show included male nudity.

An interesting observation in Calblog. Although the author wasn't sure whether the accusations about Dreier's sexuality are true or not, he did have the following comment on the efforts to out Dreier:

I reiterate and clarify here my conviction that gays are being untrue to their very selves (to whatever meaning they accord to their own sexual orientation, and to what they believe to be its very innate, inborn essence within them) when they stoop to 'outing' their political opponents for spite or for political gain, just as much as the women of N.O.W. were untrue to their gender when they stood by serial-harasser Bill Clinton simply because he was kin to their political agendas.

Sounds like swift boat potatoe nothingness.

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