And this thing with Larry Craig is one of them.
Steve appears to be under the impression that the fact that Craig was pressured to resign is an indication of a double standard in treatment of sex scandals.
Yet more still. I'm away for an extended Labor Day weekend so haven't added much. Assuredly, Craig is no poster boy but a sad story of the closet (the near total lack of any sympathy for him, from left or right, is another story). Even so, here's a thought:
* A president is caught having sex with an intern in the Oval Office and lies to cover it up; he finishes his term (and may yet return as president-consort).
* A congressman sends salacious e-mails to former pages now of legal age; he resigns in disgrace.
* A senator engages in the illegal activity of hiring prostitutes; he's finishing his term and no one is suggesting prosecution.
* A senator taps his toes in a men's room in a subtle signal only a fellow seeker would recognize and respond to; he's entrapped, charged with a crime and forced to resign in disgrace.
All together, guess which orientation is cut no slack?
However, as I pointed out:
- Congressman is accused of lewd sexual behavior and assault against staffers and lobbyists; forced to resign in disgrace.
- Congressman has "consensual" affair with 17-year-old congressional page; issues profuse apologies, but is voted out of office in next election.
- Congressman not only solicits, but appears to facilitate operation of prostitution ring out of his apartment; not only does not resign, but is given high-level chairmanship position
- Congressman has "consensual" affair with 17-year-old page; does not resign and continues to receive support, fundraising, and committee assignments
The last two were gay (Barney Frank and Gerry Studds); the first two were straight (Bob Packwood and Dan Crane).
So which orientation is it that's being "cut no slack"?
UPDATE: I missed a point about Dan Crane. Turns out I had originally said he had resigned, when in fact he apologized, but was defeated again when he ran for re-election.
Which moves the point to voters cutting people like Crane no slack.