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Monday, October 02, 2006

From Bad to Worse

Everytime I see something new on the Rep. Mark Foley scandal, it gets more and more reprehensible.

OK, the first e-mail came out in the press, and he resigned. It was in poor taste, and certainly questionable. He was right to resign, but I didn't think much about it.

Then I turn around again, and read about the IM conversations that he had, and am now absolutely aghast at the now blatent nature of it. It crossed that line of questionable, and went straight into clearly inappropriate and questionably legal ground (Questionable, only because it the transcription has not been independently verified as yet).

Then I find out that this Virtual Child Molester, was member of the Missing and Exploited Childrens Caucus! The blood is starting to boil.

Come to today, only to find that GOP leaders KNEW about this for some time... and not only did they attempted to sweep it under the rug (par for the course - and I expect no less from either party), but they did not even force him to resign his position on the Missing and Exploited Childrens Caucus! They left him there.

I like the following analogy from this article in USA Today:

Beverly Pepe, 67, of Lake Worth, drew a comparison to the Roman Catholic
Church's scandals. "That's the same as when the church knew about all those
priests molesting the boys, and they just kept moving them from church to
church," she said.

Of course no GOP scandal would be complete without some spin justification from Ann Coulter, Brit Hume and of course Bill O'Reilly. But the best (or worst depending on how you want to look at it) has to come from Newt Gingrich who justified the GOP sitting on the issue and not reacting to the Foley scandal in a timely manner because:

House Republicans would have "been accused of gay bashing" if they had
"overly aggressively reacted" to Foley's allegedly inappropriate email
communications with a 16-year-old male congressional page when House Republicans reportedly first learned of Foley's actions in late 2005.

If this was the plot for a Television Movie. I'd turn it off. After all... who would believe a story line like this?

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