THE PLANK AUGUST 7, 2007
There's some terrific news about Republican silliness today. First, regarding the recent radio interview in which Mitt Romney was grilled over his Mormonism and views on abortion, Mark Hemingway in (surprisingly) National Review Online has a piece on the nuttiness of one of the obscure figures Romney and the host bonded over: W. Cleon Skousen, "by turns an FBI employee, the police chief of Salt Lake City, a Brigham Young University professor, consigliere to former secretary of agriculture and Mormon president Ezra Taft Benson and, well, all-around nutjob." The article is worth reading in full.
Also, remember Bob Allen, the Florida McCain campaign co-chair and state rep arrested for solicitation a few weeks ago (there was some confusion about who was paying whom to do what)? Anyways, turns out:
Fear of the "pretty stocky black guy" who turned out to be an undercover cop made Florida state representative Bob Allen perform the actions that led to a charge of solicitation to commit prostitution...
Obviously! Because whenever "straight" men are intimidated by big black guys, the first thing they do is offer money to blow them.
Then there's this part which should land Allen in jail for even longer than he normally would be sentenced:
When Allen was loaded into the patrol car, the statement said, he asked if "it would help" that he was a state legislator.
"No," the officer said.
I don't support the law(s) that Allen ran afoul of in the first place, and if it wasn't for the following, this story ought not be of any importance whatsoever:
Soon after taking office in 2001, Allen was one of 21 Florida legislators to sign Gov. Jeb Bush's friend-of-the-court brief supporting the state's ban on gays adopting children.
In March he cosponsored an unsuccessful bill that would have enhanced penalties for "offenses involving unnatural and lascivious acts," such as indecent exposure.
And that's the way it is.