Over at Pam’s House Blend, Pam Spaulding writes about the predictable story of yet another moralist – this time the abstinence-only State Department official in charge of global AIDS policy – caught with his pants down. Quoting an ABC story:
Deputy Secretary of State Randall L. Tobias submitted his resignation Friday, one day after confirming to ABC News that he had been a customer of a Washington, D.C. escort service whose owner has been charged by federal prosecutors with running a prostitution operation.
..On Thursday, Tobias told ABC News he had several times called the “Pamela Martin and Associates” escort service “to have gals come over to the condo to give me a massage.” Tobias, who is married, said there had been “no sex,” and that recently he had been using another service “with Central Americans” to provide massages.
Right. Let’s call this the Ted Haggard excuse. Think his wife buys it? Not bloody likely. This ranks up there with “I didn’t inhale”, “I am not a crook” and “I don’t recall” as the great lies in political history. And this is just the beginning. ABC’s Brian Ross, who has seen the phone records, says:
“There are thousands of names, tens of thousands of phone numbers,” Ross said. “And there are people there at the Pentagon, lobbyists, others at the White House, prominent lawyers — a long, long list.”
So stay tuned for much more. Pam then quotes herself from an earlier post during the Foley scandal, where she wrote:
[I]t’s becoming clear to me that there are two Washington DCs — the first is the one we read about in the MSM’s coverage of government — full of stuffed shirts, major egos and jockeying for power, with a lot of waste, fraud and abuse of the taxpayers’ money.
Then there is the other DC that appears when the sun sets — an over-sexed, bacchanalian, orgiastic hotbed of god-knows-what that we hear about in rumors and whispers (in blogs or in private emails). It occasionally peeps into public view when a major scandal erupts, and then the wagons eventually circle and the latter DC quickly “disappears” from public view.
All I can say is: you have no idea. Most Americans have absolutely no idea just how dark the dark side of Washington DC is. It goes far beyond a whole bunch of married and publicly anti-gay Republicans who are secretly bisexual and very promiscuous (David Dreier, Mark Foley and Ed Schrock are only the tip of the iceberg; there are many more who haven’t been outed yet). And it goes far beyond lobbyists hosting hotel suites full of hookers and blow while wooing Congressmen and Senators.
I’m talking about prostitution rings that provide underage girls and boys for VIPs in town, whichever they prefer (this is not hypothetical; one of my best friends actually rescued a 14 year old boy who worked for one of these rings and got him away from that life). We’re talking prominent legislators, most of them public and outspoken advocates of “family values”, showing up at parties with escorts on their arm and goblets full of cocaine (again, not a hypothetical; this actually happened and happens regularly).
If Americans really had any idea what really went on beneath the surface in the nation’s capitol, they would be shocked. As cynical as most people think they are about politics, they’re actually overly naive. The real Washington DC makes Sodom and Gommorah look like Mayberry.