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I’m sorry. I can’t help it today — and as regular TWN readers know, I’m almost never funny.
Congratulations to Mike Rogers who launched the outing of Larry Craig in October 2006 because of his hypocrisy in the so-called culture wars.
Just for the record, Mike Rogers spoke to me in 2006 about the information he had just come by on Senator Craig. I had worked with the Senator and his staff on numerous issues — ranging from Asia trade questions to semiconductor policy. Most recently, Senator Craig had become an ally in a more progressive stance on US-Cuba trade relations.
Rogers worked through what he had cautiously, carefully, judiciously. He sat on the information that had come to him over months and worked on making sure that his source was rock solid.
Rogers got almost zero support from the established gay network or those out there who were trying to promote greater tolerance in the corridors of political power. Rogers was alone — just like Lane Hudson was alone when he brought forth the instant messages between former Congressman Mark Foley and a too-young male intern.
Mike Rogers and Lane Hudson have generated what are clearly some of the largest power-toppling shockwaves in our national politics — and virtually on no budget with scant support. That really needs to change.
Just to be clear, they didn’t “invent” this news. They just used the blogosphere to pursue what is in the common sense, common good. If you feel like supporting the work of Lane Hudson and Michael Rogers, here’s your link.
But that said, those who exploit the dark side of American insecurity about diversity and promote intolerance towards others — like Senator Larry Craig — need to be challenged, and Rogers has a sure fire track record.
David Dreier, a pretty good guy in my book, is the next on Mike Rogers’ list who has not squared his private life with his public votes.
— Steve Clemons