David Roth, Mark Foley's attorney, is on TV now claiming that Foley was molested by a clergyman as a teen.
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Looks like it's not working since your post yesterday, Reid.
Incidentally, has anybody else noticed how strange Bob Woodward's speech tones and rhythsm are these days? He sounds like the victim of some nervous disorder.
"Most Republicans are sticking together."-- Speaker Hastert's spokesman on the Foley affair
Good grief! Isn't there another way to phrase this?
More incriminating Foley IMs. This time, he's inviting a teen over for drinks, and we're not talking Sunny D.
Denny Hastert, meanwhile, is brushing aside calls for his resignation. Um, okay, but the Speaker is going to have do something in response to this matter other than issue prepared statements.
There's an Associated Press story out on the wire with the mis-titled headline, "Bush: Democrats shouldn't be trusted to run Congress." Of course since it's the AP, it's running on many news Web sites and will run in hundreds of print newspapers in the next day or so, with near-identical variations of the headline. ABC's affiliate here in Raleigh even puts the "Democrats shouldn't be trusted" in quotation marks, as though the president had literally uttered that statement.
The calls now for Hastert to resign are all well and good, but a scandal of some sort, involving an arrogance of power that involves being blind to ethical or moral considerations, was eminently predictable for years. Back at the beginning of 2005, for instance, I lamented in The New Republic the loss of an ethical compass in the GOP leadership. In these very pages earlier this year I said Hastert should not be re-elected as speaker. In January of this year Rep. Jeff Flake and others demanded an entirely new round of leadership elections.
The Washington Post, in a seeming answer to Ben Stein's piece yesterday, analyzes why it is that Republicans are more susceptible to hypocrisy allegations than Democrats when sex scandals erupt. Reason, in a nutshell: the GOP's socially conservative image.
Todd thinks he knows who's to blame for this: "It's the media, to be honest. What is the standard 'gotcha' story in the media? It's hypocrisy. If we can prove hypocrisy, we have a story. . . . So in a sex scandal, the bar for Republicans is lower."