This strikes me as one of Megan's odder posts, which is, obviously, quite an achievement. I'll get to the wrongness of the post in a moment, but first, I have to ask, does anyone else find it odd that when traveling Megan thinks about old arguments? Not, wow, that Buddhist temple was amazing or what's next or all the things to be done when you get home, but old arguments that you were, like, totally right about? I can be as petty as anyone, hence this blog, but geezuz.
In general, you don't imply that someone's gay because you think it might lead to a change of heart; you imply that they're gay because it's fun to tweak people with whom you disagree so vehemently. Indulging in this form of name calling feels good, but it's ultimately counterproductive--firstly, because in this case, it does help sustain the notion that calling someone "gay" is some kind of insult; and second, because it just makes everyone angrier. And anger is something that we're currently a bit oversupplied with.This is the media elite DC village mindset in a nutshell, once again. When, one might ask, do folk on the left respond to folk on the right with charges of being a closet case? Why, I might answer, when those on the right are displaying homophobia that resembles pathology, meaning the issue is far more personal than merely, ewww, icky like most right wingers apparently feel. You see, the proper response to displays of incomprehensible hatred is to calmly argue against the irrational prejudices of your opponent, of course. And, if, for example, you yourself are gay and become angry yourself at displays of hatred of your nature and respond provocatively, you have lost the argument. You see, it in no way suggests gays are the party at fault to fret over the sensibilities of bigots and imply gays need to learn to suck it up and turn the other cheek. The left has to mildly respond to be being called deviants, or traitors, and if we don't we've only proven our detractors' case.
When we call Larry Craig a closet case we're not denigrating him, but noting that his nature and his politics are in such stark opposition that something has to be wrong with him. Being gay is ok, being a self-hating gay isn't, in no small part because it can lead to wanting to deny other gays rights, or even to harm them. I don't think Megan knew enough frat guys in college to understand what homophobia really is.