October 6, 2006

Folier Than Thou

I haven’t had anything specific to post about Mark Foley and the Republican leadership sexual predator cover up. Sure, there are a lot of things I could have posted about, bus so much of it seems to have been covered elsewhere.

I guess, at the very least, and since the week is almost over, I’ll say something: there are some pretty messed-up supporters of the Republican party out there, and some admirable ones, too. While the Republican leadership consistently puts politics above everything else (notifying “the authorities” of the Foley emails meant notifying the re-election committee. Grown men hiding behind borrowed children so they don’t have to answer pointed questions at a press conference. Blame-shifting to the media and to Democrats) at least some Republicans have called for a house cleaning in the leadership. Kudos to them. To the rest, I just hope the election catches up with you.

There is little need to harp on this issue much, although there is a need not to allow it to be swept under the rug that the leadership enabled Mark Foley. Every hour that the leadership and Republican supporters blame-shift, refuse to deal, and come up with wild conspiracy theories is another bunch of voters they have lost.. their .voters who will stay at home in November.

The larger story is, of course, that cover-up and not Foley himself. Foley’s part in it is sad, and they need to protect young pages from predatory adults, whether they be gay or straight. It seems that people agree Foley’s communications to various-aged pages lasciviously abused his authority and possibly broke the law. He quickly tried to go down the list of excuses to see if one would catch. I’m alcoholic. No sympathy? I’m gay. No sympathy? I was molested. No sympathy? By a clergyman. Still nothing?

Next up: the alien abduction excuse. That one works every time.

While Foley searches for the next excuse, Hastert hangs on for dear life, after being Enabler of the House. Please, please, please, please don’t resign, Denny Hastert. You have become an important symbol of the political ego of your party.

Anyhow, here are a number of Foley-related links that will either amuse or annoy:

The Republican leadership is the leadership of your country. They control pretty much everything right now. And they’ve made a complete mess of it. Time after time. But often the issues were complex and did not resonate with voters. The shit has hit the fan now in a way that everyone understands. The Republicans don’t care about you; they don’t care about your kids. They care about consolidating power. We need balance back in our government.

Posted by James at October 6, 2006 9:24 AM
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