Imagine the ensuing maelstrom if a gay male prostitute with a slew of solicitous websites (among them, militaryescorts.com) featuring nude photos of himself pimping his services was found to be kicking around the Obama White House.
Jeff Gannon/Guckert became the most famous male hooker since Joe Buck when he made more than 200 appearances at the White House posing as a journalist with the conservative websites GOPUSA and Talon News, attending 155 White House press briefings. He possessed no previous journalism experience, and had previously been refused a congressional press pass.
If that weren't enough to raise eyebrows, Guckert made more than twenty-four visits to the White House when there were no scheduled briefings. On at least fourteen occasions, Secret Service records show that Guckert checked in but was never processed out.
Heaven help us should Gannon/Guckert show up at the Obama White House.
Rush would have a coronary. Seriously, he might not survive it. Oprah would do 'When male hookers go political'. Simon and Paula would do 'America's Next Gay Male Prostitute'. Whoopi would surely storm off the set.
Fox would have a heyday. O'Reilly would point that extraterrestrial finger shrieking 'You want chaos! You want to see gay sex in the streets!' Michelle Malkin would call for jihad against 'al-Gayda' while demanding to see the President's HIV test results (while somehow managing to shamelessly mention the high HIV rate amongst black women in DC). Glenn Beck inevitably would rant on about the Islamic/gay hooker conspiracy out to take over the world. Roger would green-light a three-hour special to air right after the Superbowl 'The Pervert in the White House'.
For the record, I do not mind if Scott McClellan or Karl Rove or W. himself (or some combination thereof) was having sex with Gannon/Guckert at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. For all I know, Marcos Moulitsas is rolling around with Jay Carney or Valerie Jarrett. It's not my business, and it's not news. Still, I cannot ignore what NY Times Columnist Maureen Dowd wrote: on February 7, 2005:
I'm still mystified by this story. I was rejected for a White House press pass at the start of the Bush administration, but someone with an alias, a tax evasion problem and Internet pictures..is credentialed to cover a White House that won a second term by mining homophobia and preaching family values.
In an era when security concerns are paramount, what kind of Secret Service background check did James Guckert get so he could saunter into the West Wing every day under an assumed name while he was doing full-frontal advertising for stud services for $1,200 a weekend? He used a driver's license that said James Guckert to get into the White House, then, once inside, switched to his alter ego, asking questions as Jeff Gannon.
It is a recurring theme with the right. It's not (just) the policy. It's the hypocrisy.