The gay 'cabal' in the Foley scandal

According to the National Journal's Marc Ambinder, a group of 50 prominent gay republicans, including a congressman, met to discuss the Foley scandal recently.

Most lamented the detrimental effect the scandal would have on their ranks. One feared it might launch a "witch hunt."

Others are expecting a "purge."

As for the individual closet cases involved, their fate is still to be decided: Do they hide themselves because their bosses and supporters hate them, or do they leave...

For the Republican Party itself, it's too late -- the damage is done. The point that Ambinder's article makes clear is that gays have been known about and tolerated in all levels of the party for years, despite anti-gay rhetoric and policy.

It's not simply the hypocrisy that's damaging -- something that can be apologized for -- but the fact that a religious right that's already disappointed with the party's commitment to their anti-gay agenda can now point to a concrete reason for it: they never really had any ponies in that race.

All this leaves a progressive in a bind. Many republicans don't give a flying f**k about gays, they just want loyal yes-men willing to do whatever it takes to get them reelected.

In effect, we're left rooting for the disaffection of conservative white evangelicals who were never meant to vote anyway because the compromises of politics are a most ungodly thing in the end.

Or: homophobia and disaffection save the day? Go figure.

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