Today, after a political firestorm caused by his disorderly conduct in a men’s bathroom, Senator Larry Craig of Idaho, is announcing that he will resign from the Senate. The disgraced Senator has railed against homosexuals for years. He supports a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
Which raises the broader question: why do so many socially conservative politicians get into trouble sexually, often engaging in sexual practises in private that they loudly condemn in public?
Here are a few recent examples of American politicians who loudly preached family values, only to violate them in private. Republican congressman Mark Foley chased after congressional pages; Republican congressman Bob Allen allegedly solicited sex in a public bathroom; Republican Senator David Vitter admitted he used a female prostitution ring; Newt Gingrich condemned Bill Clinton’s adultery at the same time he was having an affair of his own; Spokane Mayor Jim West, who tried to ban gays from teaching in the public school system, was forced out of office after he admitted to cruising men on line. All of these politicians were married with children.
What is it about conservative politicians that drives so many of them to destroy their lives in pursuit of illicit sex?
Perhaps it is because they are so uncomfortable with their own sexual orientation (perhaps even hate it) that they project this hatred onto the very people they publicly despise. If they hate their gayness, they try to reduce their pain by attacking gays.
What do you think?