So why the smear? Gheen is a loser — a second-rate politico working for a third-rate organization. These guys are so obscure Wikipedia doesn’t even have an entry for them. So what better way to raise cash for your PAC and elevate your little PAC’s profile than make a scurrilous charge against a politician you oppose and watch as the MSM and the left gleefully pile on?
Graham came to Washington in 1992. If he really is gay, for 18 years he has been one of the most discreet homosexuals in the history of that town. The psychic burden of constantly being on guard against betraying who you really are is usually too much for a closeted homosexual in a place where you are under the microscope of the press as well as the opposition. There are bound to be slip-ups, as I’m sure Mike Rogers could tell Mr. Gheen.
Last year, an openly lesbian politician “outed” Graham on FireDogLake but later admitted she had no personal knowledge of Graham’s sexual orientation. She was simply repeating the rumors that have swirled around Senator Graham almost from the moment he declared for public office.
Perhaps even more of an outrage was the intimation by Gheen that Graham was being blackmailed by proponents of immigration reform and other “corrupt” interests with whom Gheen disagrees:
I personally do not care about Graham’s private life, but in this situation his desire to keep this a secret may explain why he is doing a lot of political dirty work for others who have the power to reveal his secrets. Senator Graham needs to come out of the closet inside that log cabin so the public can rest assured he is not being manipulated with his secret.
“Beyond the pale” is an understatement. Not a shred of evidence exists that Graham is anything except misguided and just plain wrong about some issues. On others, he has proved to be a reliable Republican vote. To even hint that he has been co-opted as a result of his sexual orientation is the kind of politics that was once common in America, but has blessedly been relegated to the fringes where lowlifes like Gheen hang out.
The point being, the people of South Carolina have made their feelings known about the senator twice. They will get another chance in 2014 to express their approval or disapproval. Since Mr. Gheen apparently believes he can’t beat Senator Graham on the issues, it is perhaps understandable that he would resort to the kind of gutter politics that was once the hallmark of the American political system. It just doesn’t get much lower than repeating rumors with no basis in fact. No subtlety, no hedging, no caveats — just a straight right jab below the belt.
Unless Mr. Gheen can prove his wild accusations, he should retract his statements and apologize. But that would take the courage possessed of men — something small-minded guttersnipes like Mr. Gheen have in short supply.