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Pence Defends Hastert

By on 10.4.06 | 11:31AM

As part of a joint statement with Joe Pitts, Mike Pence comes out against a Hastert resignation:

"Regardless of our reservations about how this matter was handled administratively, we believe Speaker Hastert is a man of integrity who has led our conference honorably and effectively throughout the past eight years. Speaker Dennis Hastert should not resign."

Foley: The Final Nail

By on 10.4.06 | 10:45AM

It's looking more and more as if the Foley scandal is the final nail in the coffin for the Republican majority in the House, if not the Senate as well. To me, the House was up for grabs this year, and it all depended on whether the news cycle broke in favor of one party or the other in the weeks before the election. Last month, it seemed as if the tide was turning in favor of Republicans as the focus shifted to national security. But the Foley scandal, which has entered the mainstream and become fodder for late night comics, reinforces the idea that Republicans have simply been in charge for too long and have become drunk with power. Also, as far as voter turnout is concerned, national security is probably the one issue that the otherwise fed up conservative base will rally around Republicans on, but it's hard to think of something that will sap their enthusiasm more than a Republican congressman abusing his power to take advantage of teenage boys.

Supporting Bossie, the WTimes, etc.

By on 10.4.06 | 10:03AM

Dave Bossie, Michael Reagan, the Washington Times and others who have called for the political scalp of Speaker Hastert deserve credit for their courage in taking on the bloated, sclerotic, spoiled, self-absorbed GOP Washington establishment. As I wrote on this blog yesterday, the problem isn't merely that Hastert was asleep at the switch when told about what to him appeared only slightly icky e-mails from Foley; the problem is that his ethical blindness is part of a longstanding pattern of treating incumbent congressmen of both parties (see the idiotic rush to the defense of Rep. William Jefferson), but especially of Republicans, as if congressmen are a protected class immune to ordinary ethical concerns. There has long been something rotten in the state of the congressional leadership, and this latest outrage should be the cement block that breaks the dinosaur's back. Bossie, Reagan, et al are to be commended for stepping forward immediately to say so.

Music to Philip’s Ears

By on 10.4.06 | 7:45AM

From Politics NH:

* Victory NH has rescheduled its inaugural First in the Nation forum featuring former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani from October 12 to November 3, to accommodate unexpected demand for tickets. The event will take place in Manchester and a specific location will be announced in a few weeks. Hizzoner will still take part in a fundraiser for New Hampshire House Republicans on October 12.

(Thanks Granite Grok.)

Corruption Everywhere Past & Present

By on 10.3.06 | 9:21PM

Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland, who last year spent 10 months in federal prison for accepting lavish gifts from contractors who did business with his state, spoke today at a luncheon here in Raleigh sponsored by the John Locke Foundation (my employer). His speech, titled "The Arrogance of Power," was a timely one, as our state legislature is under fire for ethical lapses, chiefly related to the passage of a state lottery last year. In fact, a former lottery commissioner is currently on trial for his failure to disclose his financial ties to Scientific Games, a vendor that planned to compete for the contract to run North Carolina's lottery. Our governor, Mike Easley, testified today in that trial.

Twisted Twist

By on 10.3.06 | 6:25PM

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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