Florida State Rep. Bob Allen proclaims his innocence:
Rep. Bob Allen, a Merritt Island Republican who was first elected to the state House in 2000, told a Central Florida television station that it was “a very big misunderstanding” and a “gross mistake.”
“I’m not in anyway associated with that they are saying, this is disgusting,” said Allen as he was escorted out of the Titusville Police Department and taken to the Brevard County Jail.
The arresting officer’s report says:
“Allen engaged me in a conversation in which it was agreed that he would pay me $20.00 in order to perform a ‘blow job’ on me.”
Yeah, he’s right about the gross part.
Meanwhile, Glenn Greenwald notes that Tucker Carlson staunchly defends the privacy rights of people accused of sexual misconduct…as long as they’re Republicans.
After Tucker and his friends spent years in the 1990s digging as deeply and excitedly as possible into a tawdry sex scandal involving perfectly legal consensual sex, to the point where they impeached a twice-elected popular President, they have decided, now that Republicans are in power, that such matters are strictly off-limits, solely the “sleazy” province of “creeps and scandal mongers.” That deeply held standard of propriety will no doubt be maintained firmly in place…until the next Democratic President is inaugurated.
And when Crooks and Liars busted yet another GOP defender of family values with his, uh, hand in the cookie jar at the D.C. madam’s place, a right wing commenter wondered if we would be all over the story if a Democrat was caught in such a scandal as having his phone number found in the D.C. madam’s database or propositioned a cop in a public restroom.
I can’t speak for other blogs, but as far as I’m concerned, you betcha; I’d be all over it, so to speak. Chances are, though, that such a person wouldn’t be on the record railing against immorality and crying about the destruction of the family and taking it out by sponsoring legislation like the Federal Marriage Amendment which would ban gay marriage. It’s not just the act, it’s the hypocrisy that makes the news. Sister Toldjah, a right-wing blogger, tried to point out that there really was nothing to see here.
Contrary to the usual gum-flapping coming from the typical leftiots about how the ‘right’ has no room to talk about morals seeing as some of their own don’t hold up to standards they say others should, here’s a much needed clarification – which I’m sure will be ignored by the willfully ignorant: The right typically preaches about the goodness of leading a moral life – they don’t claim to be immune to the temptations of immorality, just that your life is more fulfilling pesonally [sic], professionally, and spiritually if you don’t succumb to them.
What the good sister means is that as long as you say, “Do as I say, not as I do,” you’re not a hypocrite. *Snort.*
I agree with Tucker Carlson; as long as it doesn’t hurt someone else or violate the law, a person’s sex life is nobody’s business, and that standard should apply to everyone, regardless of their politics. But when they make a big deal over someone else’s sex life, bring the government of the United States to a screeching halt while you clutch your pearls and fan yourself on the fainting couch, and they’re also doing such things as committing adultery (Newt Gingrich, Henry Hyde, Bob Livingston, Dan Burton), renting hookers (David Vitter), or chatting up well-muscled teenaged boys on the internet (Mark Foley), the double standards are not only showing, they’re blindingly and hilariously obvious.
Cross-posted from Bark Bark Woof Woof.