Republicans Kick In with Rehberg’s Defense, Missing the Point

by jhwygirl

GeeGuy at Electric City Weblog has a piece up that essentially defends Rehberg’s inexcusable homophobic behavior during a Middle East congressional delegation trip in February.

The problem is that his whole piece fails to recognize how damned offensive Rehberg’s actions were to the LGBT community. He equates my piece purely with Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) – I never even mention Idaho’s soon-to-be-gone and recently chastised by the Senate Ethic’ Committee Senator – and provides a link to 4&20 by saying “Only liberals can make fun of Larry Craig.”

Carol, our lovely conserva-a-blogger from Missoulapolis, and perennial 4&20 commenter, dips further into the defense of Rehberg by telling us that Rehberg’s behavior really wasn’t homophobic because he was making fun of homosexuals.

Can they really be that dense?

With that convoluted logic, I’m guessing that they think people who tell jokes with the n-word aren’t racist.

But now that GeeGuy opened the door on Senator Craig….

Even now – nearly a year later, they don’t understand that all of the Larry Craig stuff being said in 100’s of places, on television (that link from right-winger’s favorite Chris Matthews, has one great comment: “I just wonder how far hypocrisy can go in this business. I thought ‘I did not have sexual relations with that woman’ was the high mark, but I think he’s just surpassed it.”), on the web, in print, in newspapers in his own state (plenty of media interviews there with Larry, too), and in blogs, are being said not to make fun of Larry Craig being gay – they’re being said to drive home the overwhelming hypocrisy of Idaho’s Senator Larry Craig.

Craig knew his party would bail on him – which is why he withdrew his guilty plea. He thought that by pleading guilty he’d keep the incident from public purview. In the end, he became the embarrassment that he knew he would become – all because he didn’t want anyone to know he was gay.

I didn’t categorize the previous piece with Republicans before, but I am now.

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  1. . . . that all of the Larry Craig stuff being said in 100’s of places, – – – are being said not to make fun of Larry Craig being gay – they’re being said to drive home the overwhelming hypocrisy of Idaho’s Senator Larry Craig.

    I think that “all” word is a huge stretch. While much of the commentary I’ve heard is re: the hypocrisy, I’ve heard and seen plenty of point-and-laugh stuff clearly making fun of him for being gay. It’s naive to think that some people aren’t using the very hypocrisy of Craig’s situation as a shield from behind which to cast their homophobic stones.

  2. The jokes I’ve heard haven’t really been about his homosexuality…but about the icky bathroom thing.

  3. It’s naive to think that some people aren’t using the very hypocrisy of Craig’s situation as a shield from behind which to cast their homophobic stones.

    I won’t disagree with you Chris….I guess it’s just that my mind doesn’t work that way, and as suspicious or cynical as I can be, I just don’t/didn’t read into it that way.

  4. Jim Lang

    Umm, being homophobic isn’t going to cost Rehberg any votes that he hasn’t already lost a long time ago… doesn’t anyone remember the results on Initiative 96?




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