A few weeks ago, the Washington Post decided to once again insert itself into Virginia's elections with its vaunted "macaca" maneuver and help its chosen candidate over the finish line. For those who don't know, to "macaca" (.verb) is when a news outlet seizes upon a gaffe by a politician it doesn't like and then repeatedly pounds on it day after day, week after week in order to sabotage its target's chances of victory. The Washington Post debuted this campaign tactic against Senator George Allen in 2006 which eventually led to Jim Webb as the now senior Senator from Virginia.
This time it was the Governor's race between liberal Democrat Creigh Deeds and conservative Republican Robert McDonnell. Twenty years ago, while a graduate student at Regents University and in his thirties, Bob McDonnell wrote;
Republican concerns for fiscal austerity are easily impaled by an additional $1.3 billion a year in expenses. Surely the leadership recognizes that existing federal child-care programs already cost more that $6.9 billion in 1988. Further expenditures would be used to subsidize a dynamic new trend of working women and feminists that is ultimately detrimental to the family by entrenching a status-quo of non-parental primary nurture of children.
Washington Post "macaca" operative Amy Gardner read the above few sentences, stripped it bare of context and reported it thus;
Robert F. McDonnell submitted a master’s thesis to the evangelical school he was attending in Virginia Beach in which he described working women and feminists as “detrimental” to the family.
Needless to say, Amy Gardner's er ... "report" provoked Outrage!!!™ on the Left, with shrieks for McDonnell's head on every Lefty blog, and front page stories and editorials in the Washington Post as it moved to "macaca" Bob McDonnell. Unfortunately for the Left (both online and offline) and their allies running the Washington Post, the people of Virginia are not buying the attempt to convince them that McDonnell is going to transform Virginia into some facsimilie of the planet Gor and have women stripped naked, chained to stoves and relegated strictly to cooking, cleaning and bearing children.
In retrospect this was probably foredoomed to failure since the Left never bothered to investigate any further past Amy Gardner's deliberately misleading hit piece to launch the Washington Post's "macaca" operation against Bob McDonnell. As it turned out, Virginians got introduced to Bob McDonnell's career-having wife, two working daughters with advanced postgraduate degrees (one of whom served in Iraq) and his many choices of Deputy Attorneys General who happen to be women.
Nonetheless, the Online Left is still outraged at Bob McDonnell's obvious sexism and hatred of women. Outraged, I tell you!
Whose writings are not provoking outrage on the Online Left?
A guy named Kevin Jennings - who once wrote a few interesting things in his books, not least of which includes the forward to a book ("Queering Elementary Education") outlining a crusade to introduce elementary school (6-12 year olds) kids to the "Queer" lifestyle - I quote Human Events;
In his book One Teacher in Ten ... he tells about a young male sophomore, “Brewster,” who confessed to Jennings “his involvement with an older man he met in Boston.” But at a GLSEN rally in 2000, Jennings told a more explicit version of “Brewster’s” story. Jennings here quotes the boy and then comments: “‘I met someone in the bus station bathroom and I went home with him.’ High school sophomore, 15 years old. That was the only way he knew how to meet gay people.”
Did Jennings report this high-risk behavior to the authorities? To the school? To the boy’s parents? No -- he just told the boy, “I hope you knew to use a condom.” Sex between an adult and a young person below the “age of consent” (which varies from state to state) is a crime known as statutory rape, and some states mandate that people in certain professions report such abuse.
Like teachers. Like teachers in the school where this occurred, where Jennings was a teacher.
Now why would Kevin Jennings not report the incident? Let's look to his words again;
One of the people that’s always inspired me [Kevin Jennings] is Harry Hay, who started the first ongoing gay rights groups in America.
Now watch this video;
Then read this interview of Bob Hamer, the undercover FBI agent featured in the video, especially this part;
If NAMBLA had a Hall of Fame, [Harry] Hay would be a member. Hay fought for NAMBLA’s inclusion in the International Lesbian and Gay Association and once carried a sign proclaiming “NAMBLA Walks With Me.” Although Hay died before I was invited to attend any of NAMBLA’s secret, underground meetings, Hay was a featured speaker at several NAMBLA conferences and at forums on man/boy love.
Now read this (if you can stomach it) - a speech given by the man who has most inspired Kevin Jennings in his life;
I also would like to say at this point that it seems to me that in the gay community the people who should be running interference for NAMBLA are the parents and friends of gays. Because if the parents and friends of gays are truly friends of gays, they would know from their gay kids that the relationship with an older man is precisely what thirteen-, fourteen-, and fifteen-year-old kids need more than anything else in the world. And they would be welcoming this, and welcoming the opportunity for young gay kids to have the kind of experience that they would need.
Now, let's put it all together. The man Barack Obama chose to be his "Safe Schools Czar" proudly (because he has stood on stages to repeat this story and written it in a book with nary a trace of apology or regret) chose not to protect a child from being sexually taken advantage of by an older male - in fact, he encouraged the child to return back to his abuser - his only warning to remind the boy to carry a condom. He openly claims as his inspiration a man who co-founded of an organization of pederasts, who advised parents that making their thirteen, fourteen and fifteen year old sons available for sex with adult men is the best thing they could do for them.
This does not outrage the Left. In fact, what outrages them is that reasonable questions (especially given Jennings' self-confessed story about Brewster) are being asked about Jennings' suitability for the job he currently holds in the Obama Administration.
Nothing Kevin Jennings has written, said or done outrages the Online Left - or the media.
But McDonnell's thesis - which didn't even say what the Left imagines it does - continues to outrage the Online Left.