The most effective way for Tsai to deal with the controversy should have been to give a swift and unmistakably clear denial of all the rumors. Tsai's angry refusal to respond for whatever reasons as well as widespread questioning of Shih's motive will only lead to more damaging speculations about her.Fang's commentary is rather weird in its tone and wording, as if Fang is trying to be ironic and failing miserably, but it does point out that speculation about her sexuality may hurt her in Taiwan's political culture. Contrary to Fang, Tsai's response, taking the high road, I thought was the right one for both her and for the island's political culture. Had Tsai utterly denied the rumors, it would confirmed that this kind of attack on someone's sexuality is both effective and legit. Instead, her response delegitimized this type of attack itself, pointing towards the day when it will be unacceptable to publicly hack on the sexuality of prominent individals in Taiwan.
This attack on Tsai was universally condemned in the Blue and Green press in Taiwan. Focus Taiwan has a sample.
Fang himself seems to be promoting Shih. See this one from 2007 and this piece from March of this year extolling the virtues of Shih, who has become a pathetic self-promoting lunatic. Note that both Shih and Hsu Hsin-liang, both DPP turncoats who went over to the KMT after democratization, are talking about independent candidacies. My, wouldn't that be useful to the KMT to have two DPP turncoats running a campaign that might attract a few pan-green voters in what could be a very tight election! It's the kind of thing that is so useful to the KMT, if it didn't exist, it would have to be invented.....
Lots of people are peeved at this attack on Tsai, but remember this crap?
Remember the rumors constantly swirling that President Ma is gay (Johnny Neihu had a field day with them)? Chuang was making a coded attack on Ma's sexuality. Same crap Shih Ming-teh pulled this week.Chuang also branded KMT presidential hopeful Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) a "sissy," saying he was befuddled by Ma's popularity among female voters. Earlier this week, Chuang accused Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) of imposing "blue terror" when the city tried to stop the construction work from proceeding.
When asked if the ministry approved of Chuang's conduct over the last few days, Tu said Chuang is "a model public servant worthy of emulation by all government workers."
Hopefully when this current flap over Tsai's sexuality fades, then people will remember how utterly childish and medieval this kind of attack is and it will stop, and they will finally realize what a pathetic, cringing Wormtongue Shih Ming-teh has become in what should have been the golden years of a long and honored career of service to the people of Taiwan.
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