In his piece, Democratic party partisans ‘outing’ gay Republicans, Rick Moran gets at the real reason for this type of “witch hunt:politics. Those who engage in “outing” may dress up their tactics with noble-sounding rhetoric about exposing hypocrisy and exposing the deleterious effects of the proverbial closet, but they’re just looking for whatever weapon they can find in their campaign against conservatives:
They don’t agree politically with the targets of their slimey attacks, that’s why. And basically, it comes down to the issue of gay marriage and their notions of “gay rights.” Because their targets don’t promote their idea of a political agenda, this is “hypocrisy” in their book and must be “exposed” by ruining careers and families.
In other words, despite the fact that their disagreement is political, they have chosen to respond by personally attacking the objects of their rage and in the process, attempting to ruin their lives.
Emphasis added. Moran adds a notion which seems to be one of the primary themes of this blog:
There is more than one political “agenda” for gays as just about any gay Republican or conservative can tell you.
Those who promote “outing” believe they should decide what the appropriate views someone harboring homosexual views should have. They want to define the “gay rights” legislation someone should support if he wasn’t a hypocrite who hated himself. If you have these inclinations, they contend, you must vote this way.
In short, they’re trying to make the personal political.
Indeed, for all too many who promote or otherwise support “outing,” there is no such thing as the personal. It’s all politics, all the time.