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Is DNC chair anti-gay?

According to Michael Alan, blogging at Legal Insurrection, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the current chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), is attempting to brush aside the actions of her New York House colleague, claiming that Anthony Weiner “is dealing with ‘a personal matter.’”  That “personal matter” is the Congressman’s tweeting a certain semi-lewd picture to a college co-ed.

When, however, a male congressman sent somewhat lewd messages to young men, she not only castigated her colleague, but demanded the resignation of the House Speaker as well, suggesting he was complicit in those shenanigans.  While Alan attributes the difference in her reaction to the partisan affiliation of the congressmen in question, we should also note that she has called for a much harsher censure of the man sexually drawn to members of his own sex while seeking to excuse the behavior of an apparently heterosexual federal representative.

Could it be that she used the pretext of the 2006 scandal involving Congressman Foley to draw attention to these misdeeds of a gay man, so reminding people of the shibboleth that gay men regularly prey on teenage boys?  And yet she finds it excusable that a married straight man would use electronic media to flirt with a woman less than half his age.  This Democrat appears more ready to criticize a gay man than a straight one.

I’m sure HRC is already looking into the matter and asking why the Democrat who showed such outrage over Foley’s illicit electronic missives to young men would be so indifferent to Weiner’s tweets to young women.

(Via Instapundit.)

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20 Comments

  1. Hehehe. More like the typical hypocrisy we’ve come to expect from leadership of both parties, i.e. excoriating behavior/actions from their opponents while mostly excusing it from “their” guys. Still, she needs to smacked down over this as they all do so pile on.

    Comment by JohnAGJ — June 5, 2011 @ 6:26 pm - June 5, 2011

  2. Shorter Version: “It’s OK because he’s a Democrat.”

    Comment by V the K — June 5, 2011 @ 6:29 pm - June 5, 2011

  3. I don’t know Dan. First of all, weren’t some of the young men underage? I don’t think this coed is. And wasn’t Foley’s actions continuous, as opposed to a one-time thing. But let’s go ahead and assume these situations are the same. For all I know, Wasserman-Schultz is anti-gay. But I think these actions shows that she, like too many politicians, is a partisan hack.

    Comment by Pat — June 5, 2011 @ 6:30 pm - June 5, 2011

  4. and a hypocrite.

    Comment by Pat — June 5, 2011 @ 6:31 pm - June 5, 2011

  5. Or, rather, “It’s OK because he’s a straight, married Democrat.”

    Comment by V the K — June 5, 2011 @ 6:31 pm - June 5, 2011

  6. Although she is guilty of hypocrisy & political opportunism, she’s trying to protect a fellow Democrat; therefore, I don’t consider anti-gay. I consider Peroxide Hag to be nothing more than toilet paper incarnate in human form. A little soap & water can expunge the crap she absorbs.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — June 5, 2011 @ 7:13 pm - June 5, 2011

  7. I don’t think she’s anti gay as long as “you people” vote Democrat with the rest of them. ;) She is, however, a moronic partisan hack.

    Comment by Nick — June 5, 2011 @ 7:20 pm - June 5, 2011

  8. My experiences with organizations in which two powerful women are leadership rivals (e.g. Nanny Rictus Botox and Debbie Gynecological Procedure) suggests that the Dramacrats are going to have to put forth a Herculean effort to keep the office politics, backstabbing and catfighting from damaging the organization.

    Comment by V the K — June 5, 2011 @ 7:44 pm - June 5, 2011

  9. How can a lesbian Congressman be anti-gay?

    Comment by RJLigier — June 5, 2011 @ 7:45 pm - June 5, 2011

  10. Pat,

    I believe in the Foley case they were all over 18. I’m going from memory though, so I might be mistatken.

    Comment by The_Livewire — June 5, 2011 @ 8:54 pm - June 5, 2011

  11. On September 28, 2006, it was reported that a former House page (age 16) had shared with Hill staffers what he believed to be inappropriate e-mails sent to him by Foley in August 2005. The e-mails asked questions about the boy’s age, what he wanted for his birthday, and what he liked to do in his spare time. Foley also requested a picture of the teenager. Foley originally claimed that he was merely being friendly and that he routinely asks for page’s pictures in order to remember them when writing recommendations

    The age of consent in the District of Columbia is 16, but a law was passed in 2006 (prior to Foley’s resignation) allowing the prosecution of ministers or other people of authority to be prosecuted for sex with those who are 17. Federal laws against the crossing of state lines or using electronic communications to entice a minor into sexual acts define a minor as anyone under the age of 18, but federal officials have said that they generally take the state age of consent into account when making federal charges. [7] Because the minimum age for U.S. congressional pages is 16, Foley may be exempt from prosecution for these crimes.

    wiki

    Comment by rusty — June 5, 2011 @ 9:39 pm - June 5, 2011

  12. Why can’t men control themselves, where’s your dignity? Strait or gay! Enough of the selfishness, if you want to act single be single, don’t get married and have a family if you can’t control yourself.

    Comment by jann — June 5, 2011 @ 9:46 pm - June 5, 2011

  13. My experiences with organizations in which two powerful women are leadership rivals (e.g. Nanny Rictus Botox and Debbie Gynecological Procedure) suggests that the Dramacrats are going to have to put forth a Herculean effort to keep the office politics, backstabbing and catfighting from damaging the organization.

    Actually, Nancy Pelosi and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz have the same relationship to each other as Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy.

    Seriously. DWS’s ascendance is based on the fact that Blinky Pelosi is about as toxic as unrefrigerated liver pate; DWS is an attempt to present Pelosi’s delusions without Pelosi being the one presenting them. There isn’t a word or thought that comes out of DWS’s mouth without Pelosi putting it there, and fortunately for Pelosi, DWS has not only drank the Koolaid, she’s bathing in it.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — June 5, 2011 @ 10:33 pm - June 5, 2011

  14. Nah. I’m fairly certain Debbie Wasserman Token has the mental capacity to be anti-gay. I hear they have to keep puppy training pads on her chair at all times.

    Comment by TGC — June 6, 2011 @ 4:31 am - June 6, 2011

  15. Thank you for the clarification, rusty.

    Comment by The_Livewire — June 6, 2011 @ 7:35 am - June 6, 2011

  16. Sure thing LW. :)

    Comment by rusty — June 6, 2011 @ 10:31 am - June 6, 2011

  17. I doubt that Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is anti-gay. I believe she would extend all her partisan hack courtesy to Barney Frank.

    I also believe that Debbie Wasserman-Schultz would pile on Trig and the birth mother stuff that has been cooked up if she believed she could gain any political traction from it.

    I still say Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Anthony Weiner are twins who were separated at birth.

    Comment by Heliotrope — June 6, 2011 @ 11:54 am - June 6, 2011

  18. Could it be that both Debbie and Anthony are not only Democrat but jewish that she soft peddles the issue? As for being anti-gay, I believe that only Orthodox Jews are antigay.

    Comment by Roberto — June 6, 2011 @ 2:13 pm - June 6, 2011

  19. I’m fairly certain Debbie Wasserman Token has the mental capacity to be anti-gay.

    Should’ve been doesn’t have. Hate it when I change how I say something whilst typing it.

    Comment by TGC — June 7, 2011 @ 4:29 pm - June 7, 2011

  20. Do hope people realize I wrote this post with tongue firmly planted in cheek.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — June 7, 2011 @ 4:42 pm - June 7, 2011

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