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October 02, 2006

Democratic Strategeist Bob Beckel: Fact That Mark Foley Was Gay Should Have "Raised Questions" About More Innocuous Emails

Likens Gay Man Around Boys To Notorious Bank Robber Willie Sutton Hanging Around Banks

On Hannity & Colmes two minutes ago.

Hm. How quickly they change their tacks.

Now the reality is that I would tend to be suspicious of any gay man interested in being "friends" with a sixteen year old boy. (Or, for that matter, any straight man interested in being "friends" with a sixteen year old girl.)

But it seems to me the Democratic Party stands as a whole for the proposition we must have no suspicions about gay men who want to hang out with boys in the woods.

So, true enough-- we ought to suspect any man interested in hanging out with kids. Men ought to be bored by children, even their own. If they seek children out as social companions, something is wrong.

But I doubt the Democratic Party will embrace that common-sense premise any time soon.

And even given the basic truth of that, how much suspicion is warranted? I agree with Beckel to a degree: suspicions should have been raised. And they were. How much further do you go after confronting Foley and getting his denial?

The emails in question, remember, showed nothing definitively inappropriate. Even asking for a picture is not really all that sinister.

So were we to call out the dragnet because a fag wrote an email to a kid?

Sounds kind of homophobic to me, but hey, I'm awaiting clarification from the liberals.



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