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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Bolt-On 

We had all sorts of John Bolton items to bring you. We had Think Progress on how the State Department was refusing to release documents to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unless they'd been requested by Republicans. We had a couple of swell insider pieces by Murray Waas of Whatever Already!: one revealing that Bolton saw classified NSA intercepts of the private phone calls of IAEA chief Mohammed ElBaradei, whom he wanted to oust, and another assessing the potential political costs to Republicans who might be inclined to vote Bolton down in committee (last best hope: George Voinovich). We had Barbara Boxer's petition to Lincoln Chaffee (R-RI), urging him to reconsider his support for Bolton's nomination as U.N. Ambassador, since a new poll shows that 80% of Rhode Islanders oppose it. We even had a NYT op-ed by a clinical psychologist, arguing that it might not be so bad to have a psychopath at the U.N., because:
There has been anecdotal and case-study evidence suggesting that successful business executives share personality characteristics with psychopaths . . . .

In fact, the business population was as likely as the prison and psychiatric populations to demonstrate the traits associated with narcissistic personality disorder: grandiosity, lack of empathy, exploitativeness and independence. They were also as likely to have traits associated with compulsive personality disorder: stubbornness, dictatorial tendencies, perfectionism and an excessive devotion to work.
Yet all of the above is as chaff in the wind, compared to this morning's revelation by rascally porn impresario Larry Flynt that Mr. Bolton was a regular at Plato's Retreat:
Corroborated allegations that Mr. Bolton’s first wife, Christina Bolton, was forced to engage in group sex have not been refuted by the State Department despite inquires posed by Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt concerning the allegations. Mr. Flynt has obtained information from numerous sources that Mr. Bolton participated in paid visits to Plato’s Retreat, the popular swingers club that operated in New York City in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

“The first Mrs. Bolton’s conduct raises the presumption that she fled out of fear for her safety or, at a minimum, it demonstrates that Mr. Bolton’s established inability to communicate or work respectfully with others extended to his intimate family relations,” said Mr. Flynt. “The court records alone provide sufficient basis for further investigation of nominee Bolton by the Senate.” These court records are enclosed here as an attachment. Mr. Flynt continued, “The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations must be free of any potential source of disrepute or blackmail” . . . .

“First wife Christina Bolton has understandably remained silent on what led her to flee her husband of 10 years and to take the family belongings with her. A full inquiry would necessarily involve meetings with Mrs. Bolton to uncover the circumstances of her flight and the Committee should subpoena her in private session,” Mr. Flynt said.
Not that we're disinclined to believe Mr. Flynt's allegations -- when it comes to the Party of Family Values, we'll believe pretty much anything -- but we're sure we would have remembered the moustache.

Remind us to check with Jeri Ryan's ex.

UPDATE: More on the exotic sexual practices of the GOP. If you have been wondering exactly what Republican busybodies mean when they talk about "the sanctity of marriage," let us direct your attention to a Nation article on the evangelical Christian ob/gyn Dr. W. David Hager, author of Stress and the Woman's Body. Dr. Hager is a Bush appointee to the FDA's Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs, where he has worked to torpedo the introduction of the emergency contraceptive "Plan B":
According to [ex-wife Linda] Davis, Hager's public moralizing on sexual matters clashed with his deplorable treatment of her during their marriage. Davis alleges that between 1995 and their divorce in 2002, Hager repeatedly sodomized her without her consent. Several sources on and off the record confirmed that she had told them it was the sexual and emotional abuse within their marriage that eventually forced her out. "I probably wouldn't have objected so much, or felt it was so abusive if he had just wanted normal [vaginal] sex all the time," she explained to me. "But it was the painful, invasive, totally nonconsensual nature of the [anal] sex that was so horrible" . . . .

Sex was always a source of conflict in the marriage. Though it wasn't emotionally satisfying for her, Davis says she soon learned that sex could "buy" peace with Hager after a long day of arguing, or insure his forgiveness after she spent too much money. "Sex was coinage; it was a commodity," she said. Sometimes Hager would blithely shift from vaginal to anal sex. Davis protested. "He would say, 'Oh, I didn't mean to have anal sex with you; I can't feel the difference,'" Davis recalls incredulously. "And I would say, 'Well then, you're in the wrong business.'"

By the 1980s, according to Davis, Hager was pressuring her to let him videotape and photograph them having sex. She consented, and eventually she even let Hager pay her for sex that she wouldn't have otherwise engaged in--for example, $2,000 for oral sex, "though that didn't happen very often because I hated doing it so much. So though it was more painful, I would let him sodomize me, and he would leave a check on the dresser," Davis admitted to me with some embarrassment. This exchange took place almost weekly for several years.

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