I have never felt more reassured by a Republican sex scandal.
...according to the admittedly biased FITSNews, that's precisely the case with Maguire. They claim that the mother of four home-schooled children vacated her seat because of her super-secret hobby: writing erotic fiction.
Yes, apparently there are some similarities between Maguire and a virtual alter ego, Bridget Keeney. Like what? Well, like age, number of children and their background in engineering. That's not much to go on, of course, but FITS claims to have seen documents proving Maguire discussed the matter with Sanford ahead of her resignation and that his administration helped her cover her trail. This wouldn't be a big deal, of course, except for the fact that — surprise! — Maguire was thick as thieves with the "family values" set. She even donated $1,300 to failed presidential candidate and rabid bigot Mike Huckabee last year.
Ah, yes. A homeschooling, abstinence-only, conservative mom who just, apparently, likes the pron a little bit. But, hey, maybe it's low-key porn? You know, nothing that right wingers could object to?
It would be hard for those groups to ignore Maguire's alleged prose, like a tale entitled "Continental Cuisine," which features a woman blowing a man while his pal wanks one off. (Sample line: "The rhythmic sway of the train car added to the bobbing of my head as I sucked deeply.")
Another tale goes by the name, "Lauren's Masturbatory Musings." You can only imagine what that one concerns.
Then again... maybe not.
Now, am I pointing this out in order to mock a Republican woman? No. Actually, I'm not. As a matter of fact, I'd actually just like to express my agreement with P.Z. Myers: she's resigning for all the wrong reasons. Do we really think that men or women who are interested in sex cannot make good decisions about education? For that matter, do we think that men and women who are interested in sex can't make good childcare workers? Because- and this is a hypothesis- I'm guessing that most people who have or take care of kids remain interested in sex. That, if nothing else, explains where second children come from. So, unfortunately enough, this resignation does little more than show just how terrified Republicans are of sex, even when it emerges in a completely non-threatening and arguably healthy way.* And when it comes right down to it, this has to at least be a little better than that whole Mark Foley thing, right?
This is only a scandal because her party is so gosh-darned afraid of sex that a heterosexual woman writing about mildly kinky sex is enough to make them freak out. Maybe it's just me, but I don't understand how that makes Republicans- at a broad level- mature enough to actually govern well.
I'm just sayin' is all.
* I am not going to comment on the literary value of her writing. I'm already suffering through Left Behind- that has to be enough.