Another GOP Coverup? Novak Says GOP Knew About Craig's "Weird Conduct"

Via Think Progress:

Not clear what Novak means by "weird conduct." But this does demonstrate the conundrum the GOP is in regarding Larry Craig. On the record, there is a conviction for disorderly conduct. Clearly that is not the problem. The problem is the suggestion of homosexuality. Is that the "weird conduct" Novak is talking about? Is it the seeking of anonymous sex in public places? Or is it something else? Something Foley-like? Remember Craig's unsolicited denial of involvement in the Congressional page scandal of the early 1980s? What did the GOP know and when did it know it?

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    Who is surprised? (5.00 / 0) (#8)
    by Joe Bob on Sun Oct 07, 2007 at 07:48:41 PM EST
    The people who knew about Craig are the same ones that enabled Foley for years.

    Novak'n'Co tried that 'weird' takedown on Clarke (none / 0) (#1)
    by Ellie on Sun Oct 07, 2007 at 10:53:24 AM EST
    When (counter terrorism expert and administration transition team head) Richard Clarke was an early, non-partisan critic in the wilderness about the Iraq / 9-11 connection being more hype than substance, the flying monkeys tried to catapult the official Repug propaganda that Clarke was "weird". Novak led the charge.

    It's their pet code for gay, of course, so they technically can't be held accountable politically -- haw haw neener neener Libs! Dems! -- while merrily slamming the opposition for slovenliness in obeying their God-appointed gender assignments. (The OUTRAGE!)

    And by gay I don't mean in an IOKIYAR way, allowed to practice freely in a closet appointed better than most lavish resorts if they do as they're told, but in a "let's separate him from the herd so we can lead the media hyenas in tearing him limb from limb" way.

    As if you care (none / 0) (#2)
    by jarober on Sun Oct 07, 2007 at 11:53:16 AM EST
    The party of Gerry Studds and Barney Frank should probably say very little about weird behavior.  At least Republicans have enough sense to be shamed by accusations of illicit sexual bevavior.  And I don't mean homosexual behavior; I mean public sex in a bathroom (or with pages, or with men running prostitution rings).

    Shamed? (5.00 / 3) (#3)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sun Oct 07, 2007 at 12:13:42 PM EST
    Let's hope so.

    IOKIYAR (5.00 / 3) (#7)
    by Repack Rider on Sun Oct 07, 2007 at 06:17:59 PM EST
    At least Republicans have enough sense to be shamed by accusations of illicit sexual bevavior.

    The standing ovation given to Senator David Vitter after he confessed to diaper-clad engagement in prostitution is a good example of Republican "shaming."

    What's your take on Newt Gingrich telling his wife he was dumping her for his mistress, while the wife was in the hospital for cancer treatment?    How about when he started squiring next wife Callista Bisek around, while still married to his first mistress-cum-wife?  What about Newt having a mistress at the same time he was accusing Bill Clinton of having one?  Please give an example of Republican "shaming" of Newt for these egregious sexual dalliances.

    What's your take on Giuliani marching in a parade with his mistress instead of his wife?  Can you give an example of him being "shamed" by other Republicans for that?

    Frank and Studds do not conceal their sexuality and do not appear to be ashamed of it, and as far as I know, neither has been apprehended engaging in public sex in a bathroom with a stranger.


    Repugs apparently have neither sense nor shame (none / 0) (#4)
    by Ellie on Sun Oct 07, 2007 at 12:51:26 PM EST
    At least Republicans have enough sense to be shamed

    Their condemnations are selectively partisan and their (wide) stance on constitutional guarantees for human rights is political, opportunistic and cynical. Their stance on moral values -- a totally empty phrase crafted to substitute bellowing rhetoric for actual legal and constitutional standing -- is even wider.

    The party of Gerry Studds and Barney Frank

    Oh my. I look forward to Jeff Gannon's lively editorials and crack investigative reporting on the subject. (He's got Republican Palace insiders on speed dial and is even on a first-name basis with the Chickenhawk in Chief. (The revelations should be interesting.)

    Finally, we can all come together in a bipartisan way and be outraged about the outrage.


    you sound like a carny barker (none / 0) (#5)
    by Miss Devore on Sun Oct 07, 2007 at 02:49:55 PM EST
    just sayin'

    You sound the same (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sun Oct 07, 2007 at 04:48:21 PM EST
    as you always do.

    Look, this "pointing the finger" (none / 0) (#10)
    by icebergslim on Tue Oct 09, 2007 at 12:01:24 AM EST
    has finally caught up to the GOP.  It has.  What they need to do is go back to their core principles of what it means to be a Republican.  This party has been hijacked by the extreme religious zealots.  Anytime, you have to pander to the likes of the late Jerry Falwell, you have really driven off the cliff.  That is the problem with McCain.  Instead of sticking to who he is on the issues, he went the GWB route.  Look where he is!!  A front tier candidate running a third tier campaign.  If this is not a wakeup call for the GOP, then what is.

    Throwing Stones In Glass Houses (none / 0) (#11)
    by john horse on Tue Oct 09, 2007 at 05:47:05 AM EST
    re: pointing the finger (at others) has finally caught up with the GOP.

    Couldn't agree more.  As far as I'm concerned a politician's personal life is his or her own business.  

    However, when they make a public issue of their "family values" or use the personal life of others as a political issue then that is a different matter.  

    What a bunch of hypocrites the Republicans have been.  They sure haven't been practicing what they've been preaching.