Back around 2005, there was some turmoil within the Republican Party. Leadership was changing, and David Dreier, the telegenic and always immaculately-groomed Congressman from California was often mentioned in conversations regarding filling the new leadership posts. Alas, he was passed over…
Because it is an open secret that David Dreier is gay. And no homosexual can hold a leadership position in the homophobic Republican caucus.
Actually, I’m being unfair.
Washington Republicans aren’t homophobic, at least so far as I’ve been able to tell. Hell, they knew about Mark Foley for years.
No… The problem is that the Republican base (and its hard-core Christian-right constituency) will not tolerate a Republican Party that elevates a gay to leadership. And with Dreier widely known to be gay, they saw scandal on the horizon.
Honestly, I feel really badly for David Dreier. He must feel so all alone.
I worry about this post. I worry that picking on poor David Dreier like this may imperil my ability to speak with other Hill Republicans; I may have touched a third rail.
But… As Mike Rogers points out… What other group in society is expected to protect its enemies? David Dreier stood quietly as George Bush and Karl Rove ran their “Save Traditional Marriage” campaign. Dreier, before being passed over for leadership, was constantly on my television telling me how great George Bush and Dick Cheney were. The man, at the very minimum, aided and abetted haters. And I haven’t even begun to discuss his record on Prop. 8, DOMA, DADT or any of the other discriminatory legislation embraced and passed by (mostly) Republican hypocrits.