So, in light of the big Gannon story of the day, I have a few thoughts.
What is the the virtue of outing public people? The argument that is being made is it reveals the hypocrisy of the Republican party. That the party who so cavalierly used homophobia in this country to help secure the election in certain key battlegrounds seems to have so many among them. And yeah, yeah... I get it. It is a neat little punch line.
I'm not an expert on gay culture, but I'd imagine that, like every other group in America, they aren't a monolith. You can't define them as one thing or the other. To that end, why should it surprise us that there are gay republicans?
It is funny because I feel like, over the past few months, I have more posts decrying the viciousness and the hypocrisy of my own party than I do the Republicans.
I've said it several times over the past few weeks, but I do not share the same enthusiasm as many of the lefty bloggers seem to for outing the gay members of our opposition. This is not, however, to spare them the embarrassment of it, although I don't see embarrassing people as justification enough to snoop into their personal lives. No, I find this behavior abhorrent because it exposes the hypocrisy within our own party.
We pride ourselves at being the party of tolerance. There are countless places where liberals defend homosexuality as another segment of humanity that is not chosen, but that is inherent. We talk about acceptance and humanness within this culture, all the while standing with our arms crossed, looking around as we bask in our moral superiority.
And yet the audacity with which we decide it is simply ok to out gay Republicans defies logic. By our own definitions, we might as well be outing black Republicans. We cannot say that we believe gay people are simply another group, deserving all the same rights as everyone else out of one side of our mouth while pointing to those who are different in the opposition and laughing out of the other.
Just because you are a liberal doesn't mean you can't gay bash.
It is because of this that I refuse to cover the Gannon/Guckert story any longer until it is actually about something substantive again. There are troubling issues in this story which could very easily grow into something huge... but none of them have anything to do with Gannon/Guckert being gay.
It is time we started acting like the people we say we are.