A Republican senator gives us yet another reason to point and laugh. I love America. Senator Roy Ashburn was arrested early Wednesday morning by the CHP after they noticed his Chevy Tahoe swerving erratically in downtown Sacramento. Because that’s how you want to represent your constituency in California’s capital city, the state’s political seat of power, by being drunk behind the wheel of a state-issued vehicle. Having, of course, recently left a gay club called “Faces”, where he will no doubt tell his wife and four children that he was lecturing the crowd on the vices of homosexuality. Which he would know about because he’s indulged in them, what a hypocrite.
Senator Ashburn was released after his DUI arrest on a $1,400 bail bond. He promptly issued a statement of apology in which he says he’s “prepared to accept the consequences” of what he’s done. I may be speaking out of turn here — ’cause, y’know, that’s kinda my job — but do you think he’s hoping for a spanking? If I wanted to be generous, I’d say that maybe he came to realize his sexuality really late in his life, by which time he’d been entrenched in the Republican lifestyle, and has since felt that coming out would threaten his career, which it most certainly would. As it JUST HAS.
Actually, strike that last. We live in an increasingly permissive society, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the arena of national politics. If the GOP can find any use for this guy, he’ll stick around. This too will blow over … just like Senator Ashburn! My real question is, has Sacramento’s gay community been secretly waiting for this to happen? Why would you welcome someone you know publicly reviles your lifestyle? They had to know he’d be outed sooner or later; it’s not that big a town. Is there hypocrisy on both sides of the story here? Whatever, this isn’t anything new, and we’ll certainly see it again. In fact, just forget this is a story at all. Go back to watching that awesome OK Go video.