Two Public Figures Beat Hasty Retreats

The first openly gay Episcopal bishop, Bishop V. Gene Robinson, had to do some serious damage control today over this remark:

“Interestingly enough, in this day of traditional family values and so on, this man that we follow … was single as far as we know; who traveled with a bunch of men, although there were lots of women around; who had a disciple who was known as ‘the one whom Jesus loved’; who said my family is not my mother and father, my family are those who do the will of God – none of us like those harsh words. That’s who Jesus is, that’s who he was, at least in his earthly life

[Mockingly] Gee, whatever could he mean?

Elsewhere Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) had to do serious damage control over these remarks:

I don’t know if there is a cause-and-effect connection but we have seen some recent episodes of courthouse violence in this country. Certainly nothing new, but we seem to have run through a spate of courthouse violence recently that’s been on the news and I wonder whether there may be some connection between the perception in some quarters on some occasions where judges are making political decisions yet are unaccountable to the public, that it builds up and builds up and builds up to the point where some people engage in – engage in violence.

[Mockingly, again] Ditto.

Both men employed the meager, “that’s not what I meant” defense – poorly. It didn’t take a Little Orphan Annie secret decoder ring to figure out what they really meant.

Related: It looks like Wednesday is going to be a particularly crappy day for Representative Tom DeLay. Dual Drudge headlines is never a good sign…

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