Thursday, October 05, 2006

Dragging Out the Old History to Make a Stupid Point

Billmon (via Atrios) reports a GOP talking going around that the Dems started the whole page sex scandal business with their gay page sex scandal in the 80s. I had referenced it in a previous post, but assumed (you know what they say - I'm an ass) that Dan Crane (R-IL) was fondling boys. It was Gerry Studds (D-MA) who had a sexual relationship with a male page; Dan Crane's was female.

Well, the GOP talking point goes like this:
Gerry Studds (D-MA) had sex with a 17-year-old male page in 1983. He was reprimanded. Republicans wanted to censure him. But 79 Dems voted against upgrading the condemnation.

First of all, he had sex with the guy in 1973. Second, while I don't know exactly how many Dems voted against the upgrade because I don't have a print version of the 98th Congressional Roll Call, the actual vote was 338 to 87. Dan Crane did much better since he had sex with a girl, getting 289 to 136.

Somehow that seems to tranlsate to the RWNJ brain as Dem hypocrisy. A majority of Dems - since the House was majority Democratic in 1983 - voted to censure Studds. For the Republican who had sex with a girl, either more Dems voted in his favor, or more Reps did. Possibly both. If it's wrong to have sex with an underage boy, it's wrong to have sex with an underage girl. The hypocrisy lies with those who supported Crane while censuring Studds.

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