Don’t ask these guys why they wanted to be on the wrong side of history; they won’t tell

When the hyprocrisy of accepting the ultimate sacrifice from gay military personnel, while refusing to accept them otherwise on the most basic level became untenable for 65 senators last week, 31 senators decided they were more comfortable accepting hypocrisy.

While this means the result of the vote, overall, was progress, and while acknowledging that progress is good news, in this case, multiple tours of duty forced from soldiers in two wars during the last decade made this news unsurprising.

And while the news that 31 senators were willing to take a stance on the wrong side of history also is unsurprising, it is harder to explain.

That doesn’t include Sen. McCain, who made that choice, but also has made other choices in the past few years that indicate an explanation — he will do anything to please intolerant ignorant people who are unlikely to do anything for him in return. In other words, he has slipped his clutch.

Then there is David Vitter, who paid prostitutes to have sex with him, and had a diaper fetish. You can understand why he would sincerely believe that people shouldn’t be asked anything about their sex lives, or expected to tell.

Lindsay Graham, in turn, is already surprising in his own right because he has attained the label of “moderate” after helping lead the charge to impeach President Clinton (and to delve into his intimate life, whether the president wanted to tell or not), and because he has been willing to come out and deny being gay in response to further-to-the-right-fellow-demagogues who raised the question that he was. His vote only confirms his comfort with hypocrisy.

Then there are the C Street roommates, Sens. Coburn, DeMint, Brownback and Grassley who pay below market rent to live in a house based on Godly principals but who accepted and kept secret their roommate Sen. Ensign’s affair with his aide’s wife. Maybe they honestly believe in being circumspect.

Sen. Ensign himself voted to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Maybe he learned that honesty is the best policy.


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