Wednesday, August 29, 2007

"I'm Not Gay!"... Known in Legal Circles as "The Johnny LaRue Defense"

Even funnier than Craig's angry multiple "I'm not gay"-ing...

Even funnier than his explanation that he has a "wide stance" and that in the two months between arrest and pleading guilty he didn't have time to consider the consequences of his plea...

Even funnier than his blaming a newspaper for his plea...

... is this clip, which I could watch over and over. Craig's leer at the end -- and Chris Matthews' face -- puts this in the Little Superstar/Dramatic Prairie Dog echelon.

The sideshow to this circus has been the Republican talking point that it was "outrageous" and "indefensible" for a newspaper to conduct an investigation into the private life of a Senator, even if he lied about being gay. That his sexual orientation is nobody's business, and should have no impact on his career.

Didn't these same Republicans say that Bill Clinton's lying about his sex life was a federal case (literally)? Didn't they defend years of investigation, at a cost of millions of taxpayer dollars?

And if sexual orientation is nobody's business for a Senator, shouldn't it be nobody's business for a soldier? Or a sailor or a Marine or an airman? Or an Arabic translator? Or a teacher? Or an actor?

And finally, in the geek show area on the midway, we have Tucker Carlson, who appeared on Dan Abrams' show and managed to mix hypocrisy and homophobia into a giddy cocktail.

I don't know what's more hilarious: Tucker's trying to convince himself and us that this "experience" he had is "common" (it's not), or his deadly earnestness about how awful it was (was it really?), or his pathetic macho posturing.

He appears to be confesssing to gaybashing on national TV. To a lawyer. Who is also his boss!

But seriously, do you really think Tucker and his friend went back and gaybashed the guy? The idea is so ludicrous that Abrams and Joe Scarborough can't help but laugh in Tucker's red face. What probably happened is he ran crying -- and probably semi-erect -- to a cop, who had to buy him ice cream to calm him down.

And as you leave the parking lot, pass through our Museum of Hypocrisy, Mark Foley Wing:


sydelle pearl said...

I personally find it extremely disturbing that his boss, the lawyer, to whom he confessed about his alleged gaybashing on national TV, is seen laughing uproariously about it. If he was laughing because he didn't believe the story, he should have said so. The implication of his laughter is that this violent behavior is at least acceptable, if not hilarious.

Michael Markowitz said...

Hmm... I can see how it came across that way. But Dan Abrams, over the years, has been so much "not that way"I have to believe that it was mocking of Carlson. I would be surprised if Scarborough was laughing at the bashing, too. Still, if it read like that it's unfortunate.

I personally believe that no one approached Tucker at all... that he started the bullshit talking point that "the gays" are lurking behind every stall door, and was surprised to be questioned about it. So he improvised. And the deeper he dug the lie, the more he realized he needed a "macho" way out. Sad.

norm said...

For all of Craig's hypocrisy...I kind of feel sorry for him.
Not as sorry as I feel for all the honest gays who's lives he and his party make a living hell....but still...I feel a little bit sorry for him.

sweetbomb said...

Who knows if he is really gay. Question - is anyone going to look indepth at if he was set up so it looked like he was caught doing something he wasn't doing? When is the American public going to wake up and realize they have some of the most devious, nasty, greedy, power hunger politicians on the planet? Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see. sweetbomb

Michael Markowitz said...

It's never the crime, it's the cover-up. Vitter skated because he confessed. At least I like to think so... I hope it's not because Vitter's scandal was a "straight" one.

But with Craig, there's something else, and Republicans don't get it. They want to know why Democrats didn't turn on Barney Frank. Duh! It's not about the "gay", it's about the hypocrisy.

And you're right, sweet, it's about deviousness and nastiness and all that. As witness the way Republicans turned on Craig. (As Bill Maher joked, it's what Jesus would have done.)

And Norm, I'm with you. It might be said that he's in a Hell of his own creation: were it not for hypocritical bluenosed thought police like him, gay men like him wouldn't have to go to airport men's rooms on the dl for a moment of pleasure.

Anyway, now I think we see why Minneapolis was chosen for the Republican convention. Look for long lines at the men's room.

The Crutnacker said...

Ever since Jon Stewart roasted Tucker, is there even a place for him on TV except to laugh at?

Honestly, if someone pulled a Craig on me, I wouldn't have the slightest idea what he was doing, I'd assume he wanted the stall I was in.

There is something disturbing about a man old enough to be my grandfather in a place of power seeking his kicks in an airport restroom....

Had I been Craig, I'd have said, "Dude, I was checking out the automatic seat cover device.."