The possibility of this new reality will spur attacks from the left and the right. But such attacks would be misguided at best and political grandstanding at worst.
Conservatives would be upset Kruger’s personal reality is contrary to his politics. But this is the epitome of representative democracy and leadership. Kruger is not voting according to his personal perspective but theoretically according to what his constituents want. That is his job. Furthermore he is being selfless in this way and doing what he believes is best for society. Under a different set of circumstances, putting the interests of the group ahead of his own interest’s would earn Kruger praise as a great leader.
Liberals will attack Kruger as someone who hates himself and has betrayed himself and not helping those who he should have a natural alliance with. But such complaints rely on three assumptions. First: all gay people have the same interests; second: that Kruger believes gay citizenship privileges are a matter of legislation; third: that any such legislation should be initiated at the state level and not the federal level. None of these is necessarily true. And even if Kruger did think it part of his job to support such political actions, taking the fact that he does not support them as evidence of his self hatred and mental distress should concern only his therapist and close family and friends.
It is certainly peculiar that an allegedly homosexual, democratic politician from New York City does not support gay rights. But that is his prerogative. It is unfair to attack someone for not conforming to the assumptions others made about him.
Conservatives should be happy that Kruger has the voting record he does regardless of his personal life. If they are going to be upset at someone they should aim for those state senators who did vote for legal gay marriages.
Liberals, and gay liberals especially, might feel betrayed. But that is because of their own ideas about what Kruger should be. Better for them to go after Sam Arora of Maryland who campaigned as supporting homosexual political causes, and accepted donations from gay groups. Since his election Arora has reneged on those campaign promises. He has even gone so far as not supporting a bill he initially sponsored.
Usually people’s politics reflect their personal interests. But when they do not it is not cause for attack. It is cause for pity.
Trevor Brookins is a free lance writer in Rockland County, New York. He is currently working on a book about American culture during the Cold War. You can reach him at [email protected]