The publication of Win McCormack's You Don't Know Me: A Citizen's Guide to Republican Family Values coincided neatly with revelations about John Edwards' affair, and at first glance would seem to rattle the book's proud stance against "Republican hypocrisy." But McCormack is quick to concede in his introduction that "sexual sinning is obviously not confined to any particular group of people; on the contrary it seems clearly endemic in human nature."
He goes on to assert that the degree of sexual misconduct found in this survey of Republican sex scandals far surpasses mere infidelity, and has broader implications: "While you would probably find a fair amount of philandering among the population of liberal progressives, including no doubt interactions with prostitutes, I don't believe you could possibly find anything approaching the same level of deviance... that we have unearthed in our research, because there is not in that population the same configuration of psychological and philosophical underpinnings for it that we have identified [in conservatives.]" A handful of behavioral studies are cited to establish those underpinnings, leading to a "psychological profile of the contemporary conservative Republican sexual wrongdoer: someone whose sexuality is fiercely repressed and projected onto others, but who, when his suppressed sexuality bursts forth and takes a deviant form, feels entirely justified in acting it out because he doesn't, no matter what he has been preaching, really believe in right and wrong...."
The 12-page intro is followed by a comprehensive A-to-Z compendium of Republican sexual wrongdoings, citing well-documented examples of indiscretions ranging from Autoerotic Asphyxiation to Zoology. Each entry is breezily written and the snarky alphabetical headings provide a bit of levity, but as expected from a book whose sole purpose is to prove that there are a disproportionate number of Republican scumbags, it's hard to take in too much in one sitting. Given the exhaustion of outrage that results after so many sordid pages of beastly behavior toward other human beings (and the accompanying descriptions of the perpetrators: Spearheaded Clinton impeachment effort. Anti-gay crusader. Pro-life activist. And on and on)—it's impossible not to applaud McCormack's effort to understand what, exactly, is wrong with these people.