If there is anyone out there who still holds onto the belief that the media is controlled by the vast right wing agenda, pop quiz: what party is James McGreevey a member of?
How come that cute little (D-NJ) isn't after his name? Why does his party affiliation fail to be mentioned in nearly any mainstream news article before the third paragraph? Democratic Senator imports a piece of ass and puts him on the state payroll. What a nice convenient and fraudulent little affair. I hate to go all Coulter on everyone, but just try to close your eyes and imagine what a media shitstorm this would be if it had been say, Jeb Bush.
REPUBLICAN EXPLOITS CONSTITUENCY FOR ADULTEROUS AFFAIR! THEY STOLE THE ELECTION NOW THEY STEAL YOUR MONEY FOR SEX! CLINTON'S PHILANDERING ABSOLVED! SEE? SEE? CONSERVATIVES FUCK ON THE JOB TOO!!!
What's fantastic about this whole story is how McGreevey and co. are spinning it to work to their advantage. Washington Post headline:
N.J. Governor Resigns Over Gay Affair
McGreevey Has Been Facing Other Political Problems
Those other political problems? Well, see, he's been being blackmailed over his affair with the Israeli he hired at $110,000 a year who had no qualifications for the job. But poor poor McGreevey. He's being vilified because he's been having a gay affair. With that aide he hired at six figures.
But that's not all: McGreevey faces other political problems. In the past two months, federal prosecutors in Newark have indicted two men who are top fundraisers for him. McGreevey's name appears 83 times in the indictment of one of the men, and Cipel recently worked for the other fundraiser. There we go with that "other political problems" line again. Ya know, those meddling little policy and ethics issues he has going for him that happened to come to the surface right around the time he succumed to the claustrophobia of the closet.
So what do you do to gain sympathy when you're a twice-outed thief? Tug on some heartstrings, baby. He's a felon, but he's been haunted with a secret! He's been lying to New Jersey because he's been lying to himself! Let's channel Ann one more time and look at Jeb Bush going through the same situation. BIBLE BEATER BLOWS BOYS!
I'm having a discussion on this topic elsewhere in LJland right now, and it has been suggested that had a Republican's homosexuality been outed as a result of a political scandal, it would have "provided a great deal of schadenfreude for the masses". The Democrat in the same situation gets sympathy, and his actual crimes take second billing. Funny how it works.