. . . who famously said "it is not enough that I succeed — others must fail."
That quote comes to mind as I read about the fate of Charles A. Rosenthal, Jr., the Harris County, Texas District Attorney who prosecuted the matter Lawrence v. Texas and took it all the way to the Supreme Court, where he, if you will pardon the expression, got his ass handed to him.
Lawrence, you might recall, was engaged in consensual sodomy with another adult when a sheriff's deputy entered his home based on a false weapons report. He was arrested, held overnight in jail, and prosecuted under Texas' anti-sodomy statute. Before the Supremes, Rosenthal (who is — prepare yourself for a shock — a Republican) argued that Texas had a vital interest in protecting the sanctity of marriage and in punishing extramarital relations. As you know, he lost; SCOTUS overturned Bowers v. Hardwick and found the anti-sodomy statute unconstitutional.
So Rosenthal lost, and that's enough, right? Not in a Gore Vidal world, my friend. In fact, since this is also Larry Craig's world, you've already guessed where this is going, right?
Rosenthal was recently forced by his own party to drop his re-election bid after discovery in a civil case revealed steamy emails to his "executive assistant" revealing an extramarital affair with her, not to mention racist emails (such as pictures of an African-American passed out among watermelons and fried chicken), creepy sexual emails ("shark" videos showing men attacking women in the street and pulling down their tops), and emails soliciting county employees to work on his campaign on county time.
Wow. A Republican sexual scold turns out to be a criminous hypocrite? What a shocker that is.
Vidal would be pleased. It is not enough that Lawrence won. Rosenthal is a loser.
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