July 21, 2005
Who’s Homophobic Now?
La Lumiere High School
Just a caution for my male readers: if there are any extant photos of you from the ’70′s in plaid pants, better get rid of them now. And it’s not just the evidence of questionable fashion sense. Apparently now that’s the goods on being gay.
Call it the Mary Cheney Strategy. Call it desperation. Some on the Left have started a “maybe he’s gay” whisper campaign against John Roberts.
It started with Manhattan Offender in a post yesterday asking “How Gay is This Guy?” and then he quoted Wikipedia’s entry for Judge Roberts. He zeroed in on some really damning evidence from Roberts’ youthful past: the all-male boarding school, studying French and Latin (gasp!), being a wrestler and, oh the horror, participating in choir and drama.
So, it was only one silly post. Today, however, Wonkette picked up the ball and ran with it:
We’re not making any conclusions here — we wouldn’t want to comment on an ongoing investigation — we’re just laying out the facts: He is a graduate of an all-boys Catholic school where, as a member of the wrestling team, he regularly grappled with other sweaty, repressed boys. That is when he wasn’t the drama club playing Peppermint Patty, for God’s sake.
What’s that about Peppermint Patty?!? Yes, well, that’s where the story starts to get interesting. That’s a reference to a point raised in today’s New York Times profile of Roberts, “Court Nominee’s Life Is Rooted in Faith and Respect for Law,” written by Todd Purdum, Jodi Wilgoren and Pam Belluck. In the midst of a very lengthy profile, Purdum, et.al. just throw in the little factoid that Roberts’ yearbook records that “he played Peppermint Patty in the production of ‘You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.’”
Did I mention that this was when he was in high school?
So maybe that snarky little bit is just there for a little color? Ann Althouse has picked up the story and she thinks otherwise:
I do think the NYT piece was subtly constructed to plant this idea. Just look at the series of photographs they chose: young John in plaid pants, young John with his boys’ school pals, young John in a wrestling suit with his fellow wrestlers, John with footballers, and — the final pic — John smiling in an all-male wedding photograph.
I think she might have a point.
Of course it is the height of hypocrisy for the (allegedly) pro-tolerance crowd to start questioning someone’s sexual preference. It’s a strange and twisted tactic for those who are allied with the gay rights movement to try to make an issue out of someone supposedly being gay.
Well, that’s just the point: they think we do. They think that they can undermine support for someone among conservatives if they can dredge up some sort of homosexual connection — or, in this case, just the manufactured whiff of a question.
If it weren’t so cruel and small, it would be funny. (It’s not just the plaid pants. Some of the commenters on these other sites have been questioning the Roberts’ marriage, and even referencing their adopted children. That’s just beyond the pale.)
The Left didn’t learn their lesson when they tried this with Mary Cheney and it backfired. John Roberts may have played Peppermint Patty back in the day, but here and NOW, the Left is playing Lucy with the football . . .
UPDATE: Follow-up posts on this topic are at
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Althouse via Instapundit.
Don’t mess with Karl Rove says Evangelical Outpost.
it good critiqued over on Ace of Spades HQ.
The Indepundit says lack of paper trail not a confirmation problem.
John Cole at Balloon Juice has the other hot button: abortion.
Jeff Jarvis at BuzzMachine calls this the Unstory.
Captain’s Quarters has more on the fashion show at Let Me Revise — Attack The Wife And The Kids.
FaithMouse has Gaybear and the true tolerant take.
Charlotte’s Allen and Hays from IWF write on the (proper) attire .