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Desperate Times

I've read the instant message exchange between former Rep. Mark Foley and the page. It's creepy and cringe-inducing if you choose to read it. It definitely goes beyond White House spokesman Tony Snow's initial characterization "simply naughty e-mails".

Conservative pundit Matt Drudge is defending Foley by accusing the pages of "egging the Congressman on" and "playing Foley for everything he's worth". And the House Majority Leader, John Boehner, tries to distance himself from the situation by laying it on the doorstep of his cohort, Speaker of The House, Dennis Hastert, "It's in his corner, it's his responsibility."

I'm still waiting for the Republican's October Surprise since it's only the third day of the month but I think this scandal has the potential to keep rolling on until November 7th. But will it actually impact how people vote on Election Day?

Just imagine for a moment the uproar from the Republicans if the Congressman involved had been a Democrat. I wonder what Drudge and Snow would have had to say if that was the case.

I think a little historical perspective is in order, though. I came across this today while reading articles about Pagegate. A list of scandalous US politicians starting with traitors during the Revolutionary War through Bill Janklow's 2004 manslaughter conviction.

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ahembree
Oct. 4th, 2006 02:32 pm (UTC)
Ew, I feel dirty
I mean they are kids, even if they are "egging"...just ew. Go to Nevada, take care of stuff there. Perhaps it is because I am overprotective of the kids we deal with in CYO, but I would seriously do harm to this guy. I hate people that use power for evil. Grrrr...
silverdee
Oct. 4th, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Ew, I feel dirty
Knowing that he was the chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children makes me creeped out even more by all this. What a scumbag!

And I just read that Foley's former aide warned House leaders about Foley 2 or 3 years ago. This just gets more and more awful.
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silverdee
Oct. 4th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
If the issue had been dealt with when it first popped up it would have blown over and by now would be no big deal. But this close to the election, it's going to be interesting to watch how it all plays out.
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