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Vanity Fair interviews Larry Flynt: 'The other shoe's going to drop any day'

The publisher of Hustler has been on the prowl to catch Republican sexual hypocrite for some time now. Most recently he trotted out former call girl Wendy Ellis who claimed she had a “business relationship” with moralist anti-gay Senator David Vitter. He also claims to have the gay goods on other closeted hypocrites.

In the latest issue of Vanity Fair, Bruce Handy gets a lot of ‘quotables” from Flynt.

[W]hat we’re doing now is fun, especially the Republicans. When you’re born in a conservative family, raised conservative-conservatives come into life with so much baggage it’s unbelievable. It’s my theory that aberrant sexual behavior is caused by sexual repression, not sexual permissiveness. People have a lot of guilty feelings, a lot of insecurity about their sexual desires and appetites. It’s a never-ending story. I think about this minister that was seeing a gay guy”-Ted Haggard-“and Larry Craig. It’s baggage those people have carried all their lives. And they’ve deceived everyone. They’ve deceived their family. They’ve deceived their country. I don’t believe that these people should be politicians. Not because you’re gay or have some other peccadillo. But because, if you take a public position contrary to the way you live your life, you’re fair game. That means you’re a hypocrite. And that’s what we’re all about. What we’re exposing is hypocrisy.”

…”The lawmakers in this country don’t deserve a break, because they have so abused their authority by trampling on our rights and constitutional liberties. It’s just unspeakable the things they’ve allowed to happen, either through their inaction or taking an action on the wrong bill. I look at it like, people go to Washington with the best intentions, and they get their pockets stuffed with money from lobbyists and then their constituents can no longer get anything from them. I’m so angry with the political system that anything I can do to cause them misery I will.”

And, you might ask, who is next on Flynt’s list to expose? He does name three to Handy, but not for publication. What we do know:

* a Republican presidential candidate (woohoo!)

* a well-known Republican senator

* another “prominent conservative official” (this is described in the article as involving “hooker parties and no-tell-motel liaisons”

He says he’s closest to confirming and revealing the closeted gay senator (and it’s not Larry Craig, who Handy says refers to himself as a “practicing heterosexual”), and that

“The other shoe’s going to drop any day,” Flynt says, speaking of the other senator. “It’ll surprise a lot of people that he’s gay. And I’ll bet you he resigns the same day and rides off into the sunset. He won’t be as stupid as Craig,” who after an initial vow to leave office changed his mind and instead fought to reverse his guilty plea to disorderly conduct.

Ah, just what we need in this election cycle to spice things up!

Friday fun — any guesses on that list?

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