Chris Lee, the Congressman who used his real name to respond to a Craigslist ad, and resigned because of it, was also apparently using his real name when posting an ad on Craigslist for a “passable TS/CD (transexual/cross-dresser)”. Lee, who represented NY-26, and Eric Massa, who represented neighboring NY-29, were both married with children, and apparently used their job as excuse to get their freak on.
If you’re a married guy who needs to fulfill some non-heteronormative needs on the side, is Congress your best career choice? Both of these guys were very successful in their chosen careers, and both could have gotten some kind of consulting gig that required a lot of nights out of town. Instead, they’re hiding out in disgrace, ducking interviews and trying to save their marriages.
And consider the case of Donald Rumsfeld, who spent the last couple of years of his retirement grinding out a doorstop score-settling, self-justifying memoir, and is now appearing on every television show on the planet. ABL posted the most hilarious example of Rummy’s foray into low-rent media, but this guy is shaming himself all over the place. Perhaps the most humiliating is Mrs. Alan Greenspan’s commission of journalism, while the most puzzling is his appearance on the Daily Show.
Rummy doesn’t need the money, he’s got nothing to sell except the same lame lies and evasion that he’s always had, and nobody wants to watch him explain how clean his hands are on WMD, and how Colin Powell deserves all the blame for Curveball. Yet there he is, 78 years old, debasing himself on shitty talk radio and basic cable.
I’ve been watching politicians closely for a long time, but I really am no closer to understanding what makes these people tick. All I know is that it’s something far different from what drives me and the people I know.