Urbin Report

Sunday, October 15, 2006

The correct headline

The Confederate Yankee nails it.

Congressional Page Sex Predator Dies

That's the headline he would have gotten had he been a Republican unashamed of having sex with a page just 17 years old.

He's talking about the former Massachusetts democrat congressman Gary Studds. Who, with the support of his party was re-elected a half dozen times after have been caught having sex with a 17 year old male page.

Jay Tea points out some key facts of the Studds Scandel.
* Had sexual relations with someone nominally his subordinate

* Went to great lengths to conceal the relations

* Denied the relationship right up until confronted with proof

* When unable to deny it any longer, fully acknowledged it had happened

* Was fiercely defended by his fellow party members

* Ended up even more popular than ever, even lionized for his courage

* Almost certainly broke the law, either during the relationship or in trying to conceal it

* Retired "honorably," and was still highly regarded years after leaving office

* Was a highly regarded Democrat

Toss in a black beret and a cigar, and you have the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal in a nutshell.

Update: Mike's America has a great Cartoon that sums it up nicely