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So today two Members of the United States Congress announced that they were leaving office. First there was New York Republican Congressman Chris Lee who got caught sending shirtless photos of himself to a woman who was not his wife. Isn't it refreshing to see a Politician giving someone the shirt off HIS back?

Yes, he contacted some woman on Craig's list who was complaining that all the men on CL (do people really call it CL?) looked like Toads. Actually, I think Toads are probably a cut above most of the guys cruising the Craig's List social scene. C'mon! Craig's List. Really? You want to hook up in the same place you sold that old couch that your cat peed on?
But like any good public servant, Chris Lee sent her a picture of himself, bare chested -- but then he had to ruin it all by lying about his identity and his age -- he said he was 39 instead of 46!! Really? He thought seven years would make a difference to a woman willing to go out with a guy who takes half naked pictures of himself and sends them to strangers?
On the Internet?
But on the Democratic side, there's Senator Jim Web from Virginia who's retiring after only one term. Remember, he's the guy who got elected because George Allen, the Republican, called a young Indian American a macaca --or basically a monkey. But that's all ancient history because George Allen wants his old seat back -- except that the Tea Party doesn't want him to get it. They've go their own candidate who's going to challenge him because, after all, calling a man a monkey is only a step away from calling a monkey man's ancestor. And then we're teaching evolution in the schools, and letting Muslims have mosques and then the next thing you know that Caliphate that Glenn Beck keeps talking about will be taking over the US and then Congressman Chris Lee's problems will all be over because he'll be able to buy as many wives as he wants on Craig's list.

Originally posted to Britethorn on Thu Feb 10, 2011 at 12:03 AM PST.


Will the Tea Party Take Down George Allen?

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  •  He was an idiot to think that he wouldn't (7+ / 0-)


    A Wall Street "bonus" should not be more than what my house is currently worth.

    by bushondrugs on Thu Feb 10, 2011 at 12:17:56 AM PST

  •  He's Married w/ a Child...... (5+ / 0-)

    plus he's a Republican. What about the sanctity of marriage?  I thought they were the party of family values.  And...John Boehner vowed he was going to bring honor back to the House.  

    Lee was a rising star in the of Eric Cantor's favorites.  Cantor's had a bad week. On top of this, he's the vote counter in the House.

    I wonder if they'll ask Nancy Pelosi for help.    

  •  The arc of this story... (9+ / 0-)

    didn't even span a news cycle.

    You think there's more there there?

    Politico: Lee, sources said, was one of several junior GOP lawmakers that Boehner allegedly warned to “knock it off” with regard to his partying with female lobbyists last year.


    To be perfectly honest, I think it's more pathetic than scandalous, at least if what we know now is all of it.

    But what's troubling in the Politico quote is "partying with female lobbyists.

    Good God, it don't take a genius to figure out that the quickest way to securing the vote of a narcissistic clown like this is to avail to him the counsel of a "female lobbyist." If indeed this was so pervasive that the speaker-to-be had to tell them to "knock it off" I think we got a problem.

    I don't care who's screwing whom, but I do care what special interest is servicing Congressman Wonder-pecs.

    So does this get more interesting because of the haste with which it was dispatched or does the media chase after the next squirrel that happens by and forget about it entirely?

  •  It would have been a much better story . . . (1+ / 0-)
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    if Lee was Massa's replacement.  A two-fer in a few years in the same congressional district would have been hilarious -- perhaps even unprecedented.

    As far as Allen goes, I think he'll probably survive a primary challenge.  The GOP usually selects its nominees at the state party convention, but unlike someone like Tom Davis who attempted to win the nomination in 2006 and lost to knuckle-dragger Jim Gilmore, Allen enjoys establishment support throughout the state.

    I could see an ugly convention resulting in the emergence of an independent 3rd party Tea-Party challenger in the general election, but the odds are strongly against Allen losing the GOP nomination outright.  

    As far as the general election goes, if Kaine wins he won't be a run-away favorite like Mark Warner was in 2008, but he'll have a lot of things going in his direction.  A 3rd party protest candidate on the right would sink Allen; without the 3rd party challenge Allen still has an uphill climb.  He'd need a lot of help in terms of a Kaine-implosion, a weaker challenger, combined with coattails from a  strong GOP presidential nominee in order to reclaim the seat.

  •  Ed Schultz on Chris Lee and GOP "family values". (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Chris Lee Resigns... (0+ / 0-)

    So Lee resigned because he sent a shirtless photo over the net? The part of me that knows that almost every modern-day Republican American pol is an irrational, empathyless nitwit is heartened, but at the same time this sounds puny in and of itself. For the record I didnt care that Bill Clinton received oral favors in the WH and was saddened when Spitzer resigned over his personal life issues. By the same token I think its silly that Lee resigned.

    With all that said - It is hilarious that he was trying to meet women on Craigs list. Yikes.

  •  i follow your logic. (0+ / 0-)

    sort of.  
    and it's a little scary.  truthy, but scary.
    life has become so complicated. gosh, I yearn for the days when a congressional sexual peccadillo was simpler, more easily grasped- like newt gingrich shtupping an aide on his desk before heading to the well of the house to condemn Bill Clinton for lying about...

    "When you're skating on thin ice, you might as well dance." Jesse Winchester

    by The Poet Deploreate on Thu Feb 10, 2011 at 03:11:41 AM PST

  •  Hoisted on his own petard? (0+ / 0-)

    My take is that he did it for a joke only the joke back fired. Lee sounds like a man who often farts/petards loudly and this one hoisted him out of the House. Whether he is welcome back in his own house remains to be seen.

  •  Boys will be boys. (1+ / 0-)
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    Nine times out of ten, these philandering men and closet gays are Republicans.  There may be an explanation for this.  Republicans exist in an earlier time when everybody accepted that men were "men" and women suffered silently.  They may, in fact, be more tolerant of male sexual indiscretion, even as they are less tolerant of female sexuality.  

    Democrat Spitzer's career was shattered when it was revealed he patronized hookers but Republican Vitters, who patronized hookers for S & M perverted sex, is still in Congress and getting re-elected.  

    It may be that liberals value honesty more than they care about who is screwing whom.  This has all sorts of implications for how members of both parties perceive their elected reps.  On the other hand, I'm no sociologist.

  •  Where is Queen when we need them most? (0+ / 0-)

    This is definitely one of those Another One Bites the Dust moments....

  •  Do we have a Koscars category (0+ / 0-)

    for "Diary title least likely to make someone want to click on the diary"?  (Hey, at least it wasn't John Boehner - that much orange would probably burn your eyes out.)

    I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death; I am not on his payroll. - Edna St. Vincent Millay

    by Tara the Antisocial Social Worker on Thu Feb 10, 2011 at 06:24:16 AM PST

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