Do straight guys usually share the same headphones on flights, while watching ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’ together?

There’s been a lot of talk about gay Republicans lately. We’re to believe that the party is becoming more welcoming. So, I thought I’d share this email from a longtime, and trusted, AMERICAblog reader:

Last night I flew back to National Airport taking a direct Alaska Airlines flight from LAX. It was a packed flight with no seat to spare. As I was walking towards my seat I was highly amused when I saw Republican Congressman and the House Rules Committee Ranking Member David Dreier sitting in the same area.

Rep. Dreier was not traveling alone. He was traveling together with who appeared to be a very close friend. I guess the first class was all booked so he was slumming it on coach, although stretching it out in the emergency row. It seemed that the flight attendants knew Dreier and this other guy as regular passengers. They knew who they were and were coming up to them and specially attending to them all flight. One of the flight attendant told Dreier to “kick some behind” when they were wrapping up their services.

This other dude and Rep. Dreier appeared to be close and very comfortable with each other. They were so comfortable that Rep. Dreier shared his headphones with him just like any other couple would when he got his “Digiplayer” (the Alaska Airlines in flight entertainment system) during the flight. In case anyone is wondering they were watching the movie version of “Alvin And The Chipmunks” (no, I am not making this up).

This is where it gets even weirder. When the flight landed at National, Dreier walked out all alone as if he was traveling by himself. The other guy waited for a while and then left the plane by himself. For some reason they didn’t want to be seen together when coming out of the flight.

Something didn’t seem right. It all seemed really bizarre and weird.

It’s called the closet. It’s a really bizarre and weird place.


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