Friday, August 13, 2004
HAMMOCK WATCH, DAY 13:
A state governor comes out of the closet, with a speech we can’t help but imagine Sullivan praising, and 24 hours later Sullivan can’t be bothered to say anything? Steve Mussina is also struck by this.
Leave it to Atrios to say what Sullivan probably would say.And, for those who are just offended that he was closeted and married, as if that kind of dishonesty itself results from some deep character flaw — well, it does in a way, but it’s the kind of character flaw a huge number of people who were born almost five decades ago, growing up Catholic, have. It’s what happens when you’re told your existence is sinful, that your perfectly normal desires are “temptations” to be resisted, and when you live in a society that does not allow you to live anything resembling a “normal” life. It’s what happens when you’re bombarded with media and social messages about how disgusting you are, and when you’re told you should go for re-education by “ex-gay” organizations. There’s no sin in being gay and ambitious, and recognizing the incompatibility of the two. None of this absolves him from all responsibility for the complex personal situation he’s created for himself (though, that is almost entirely a private matter, even for someone with a public life). And, sure there may be the kinds of corruption people keep making allegations about, though I haven’t yet seen any indictments. But, at the end of the day there’s one simple question — if everything was as it was, except Cipel was female, would McGreevey have felt the need to resign? I don’t have the answer to that, but it seems to me the answer is likely “maybe not.”
Thousands of dollars to remain silent on things like this. Just precious.
posted by Sully 8/13/2004 11:35:00 PM
Thursday, August 12, 2004
SOME OLD STUFF WE MISSED:
Checking, at long last, through our mailbox:
Glasgow University did a study that suggests BBC coverage of Israeli-Palestinian conflict is actually biased in favor of Israel, contrary to what the Conintern party line is.
Apparently Sullivan has been getting some rewards from Amazon for all the clickthrough.
We also got a reminder of just who Michael Petrelis, whom Sullivan depended on in part for his barebacking-ain’t-so-bad story, really is. (For more fun, read his website).
posted by Sully 8/12/2004 11:13:00 PM
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
LOGAN AIRPORT GUY:
Despite moving halfway across the country only to get laid off a month later, John isn’t so down that he can’t dig up an old piece he wrote on the Log Cabin Republicans, reminding us that then-Gov. Bush promised to sign a bill that would have allowed Texas to remove children from gay and lesbian foster parents.
This was before he became president. Just where, one has to wonder, did Sullivan get off even trying to sell us on the idea that Bush would ever see social issues through anything other than the prism of the religious right?
posted by Sully 8/11/2004 01:53:00 PM