Just because someone is on “the other side” doesn’t mean you sacrifice your values to attack him.
Steve Rosen was a long-time employee of AIPAC, and one of its most hard-line hawks while he was there. He was indicted more than five years ago for helping to pass classified information to Israel, but the charges were dropped.
In the course of those events, AIPAC first defended Rosen and his fellow accused Keith Weissman, but eventually reversed course and made the case that Rosen and Weissman were acting outside the bounds of acceptable conduct for AIPAC. Rosen since responded with a defamation suit.
Now, some really distasteful stuff is going on around this. For background on that, check out this article in The Forward. But part of AIPAC’s attempt to embarrass Rosen into withdrawing his suit has been to reveal that he sometimes sought out sexual encounters with other men. The nature of the accusation itself, as well as some of the reporting on it (including some from progressives) crosses the line to homophobia, in my view.
I wrote a short article on this matter. Please check it out at The Third Way.