Thursday, October 05, 2006

Not gay bashing - child molester bashing

I wish I could come up with a great title for this post (pun intended) about Congressman Mark Foley (R-Pedophileville). As always The Daily Show with Jon Stewart gives penetrating (pun intended) insight in to the scandal. For a number of laughs watch the video here. Titles like, "Foley Erect" and "Paged Heat" are priceless. Must be a former headline writer for the New York Post working over there.

The tale about tail grows by the minute. It's impossible to keep up with the changing stories of Speaker Dennis Hastert, Majority Leader John Boehner, NRCC chair Rep. Tom Reynolds, Rep. John Shimkus, Rep. Rodney Alexander, etc, etc, etc. There's also the chief of staff for Hastert denying what Kirk Fordham the recently fired, or more accurately thrown under the bus, chief of staff and former chief of staff for Tom Reynolds had to say. Short story: Hastert and his staff are lying about not knowing what Foley was up to. It should have raised eyebrows that Foley could type 85 words-a-minute only using one hand. (Think about it.) In any event, the electoral situation for the Republicans just changed. Before it was a catagory 3 hurricane and the Republicans were Florida. Now it's a catagory 5 hurricane and the Republicans are New Orleans.

After watching the "values" party who believe in "personal responsibility" blame alcohol, Bill Clinton, priest molestation from 30 years ago and even the Wicca religion it was Robert Novak who wins the award for the most absurd statement of the Foley scandal. In today' Chicago Sun-Times Novak writes, "Dealing with Foley was complicated because he was a known, though never a self-proclaimed, homosexual. A desire not to be accused of gay-bashing may have influenced party leaders to set aside the e-mail that the former page described as "sick, sick, sick." Novak already explained that after it was learned that Foley had sent inappropriate e-mails to a 16-year-old male former page the House leadership urged him to seek re-election. This wasn't because they were afraid of being called "gay-bashers" this was about retaining power and if that means protecting a likely child-molester, a certain sexual predator of young boys, well then so be it.

The Republican party not "gay bashers?" Isn't that called solidifying the base? Andrew Sullivan puts it this way, the GOP is a "party that has built its electoral machine on systematic intolerance and the fueling of populist fear of homosexuals." So yes in the future don't be "gay bashers" just being "child-molester bashers" homosexual or heterosexual bashers will be enough.

5 Comments:

Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

So what they're saying is that they knew but they didn't know and besides they didn't want to do anything because that would offend the people they've accused of causing hurricanes and floods.

And after all Hillary is worse, and George Soros is worse and Michael Moore, Ted Kannedy, Jane Fonda - and, and the French, yeah, the French.

2:45 PM  
Blogger Crankyboy said...

Ted Kannedy? Is he French? We have a guy here named Ted Kennedy. Maybe you know him.

P.S. Why don't you run for the 16th Congressional seat?

2:54 PM  
Blogger d.K. said...

I love the hurricane analogy, because the outcomes are (ie. Cat III and IV) are accurate concerning the import of this latest shameful debacle. It's powerful and in this case, I sure the hell hope you're right.

1:33 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I have seen exactly one (1) Republican take personal responsibility for his own actions in the past five years or so. The current administration fosters an environment of sleaze - no one is held accountable for anything. It sickens me.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

It should have raised eyebrows that Foley could type 85 words-a-minute only using one hand. (Think about it.)

LOL!!!!

11:03 AM  

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