Speaking of aggressive stupidity, how did I miss this story? I guess I tuned out the DC Madam scandals because grown men calling hookers doesn’t even begin to jiggle my outrageometer. Thus did I miss the stunning irony of the so-called “AIDS czar” resigning in disgrace for preaching abstinence while practicing commercial adultery. Thanks to Violet Blue for the aging news, with her accompanying speculation:

At the same time, Randall Tobias, President Bush’s abstinence-promoting, condom-discouraging “AIDS Czar” and deputy secretary of state, resigned after admitting he was a customer of the famed “DC Madam” when the escort service was about to surrender its records.

Tobias was an outcall John — who spent the last several years enacting global and domestic policies about abstinence and anti-condom propaganda to people whose lives depend on accurate information. Do you think he used condoms, or did he shop at Bareback and Beyond? I’m thinking he did, especially considering his statements in 2004. As Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report writes:

“Tobias … said that promoting abstinence and monogamy are ‘far more effective’ than distributing condoms for preventing the spread of HIV,” according to Agence France-Presse. ‘Statistics show that condoms really have not been very effective,’ Tobias said, adding, ‘It’s been the principal prevention device for the last 20 years, and I think one needs only to look at what’s happening with the infection rates in the world to recognize that has not been working.'”

Never was there a finer petard or a better hoist.