National Review's The Corner asks why Republicans keep getting caught in sex scandals. The (g)lib response is that Republicans are all repressed homosexuals, but that's hardly possible.
The common response from the right is that the media loves charges of hypocrisy, and thus since Republicans bill themselves as the party of family values, any time one falls there's a juicy story of hypocrisy.
And while it's true that the media plays up Republican shenanigans and downplays Democratic ones, there still is the problem of why there seem to be so many Republicans caught in hidden lives.
Back to the Corner, David Freddoso:
I don't buy for a second the idea that Democrats are less "repressed." That line of thinking implies that they lack all morals and regularly "let loose." But many of them are family men too, with children and wives equally unforgiving of such behavior. Whatever their stance on public homosexuality, they would be subject to the same pressures and potential "repression" that any Republican would theoretically feel, say, to cruise in public bathrooms.
As bad as the media is in its biased reporting - if Democrats were caught in bathroom stalls, or hitting on pages - it would still be reported. Maybe not as gleefully or with as much force, or without party affiliation, but a perv story is a perv story.
I think I have an answer.
If you have ever smoked or been around people who smoke marijuana, you know what it smells like. So if someone smokes pot, and then gets on an elevator with you, or if you meet them at a party, or if they come home from a friend's house - you can tell if they've been hitting the peace pipe.
If you've never been around drug users, you don't know what it smells like.
Thus the parents of teenagers who know about drug use should be better positioned to know when their kids are smoking pot, while the parents of teens who are clueless about drug use can be lied to, manipulated, and given alternative explanations that throw them off the scent (pun intended).
Republicans are like parents who weren't drug users. They are clueless when it comes to the world of gay sex, prostitutes and other similar endeavors. They not only don't know the secrets of their repressed brethren, they lack the cultural knowledge to question someone as to strange behaviors, that would set off the alarms of a Democratic leader.
To add to the problem - since Republicans often don't have openly gay friends - their, shall we say, opportunities are more limited. Their behavior is driven underground because they can't be open about it.
Those two reasons probably explain the behaviors better than repression, as it seems unlikely that as a group, Republicans are any worse (or better) than Democrats.
And a final note, and a damning one, is the failure of Republican leaders to filter their ranks. In the case of Mark Foley, it's hard to say that no one knew he was an accident waiting to happen. While it's hard to unilaterally disarm (forcing all Republicans who make mistakes to resign when Democrats get a free pass), the reality is that in Washington, holding power is the most important thing, even if it means holding power with perverts.