The Spectacle Blog

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.

Re: The Woodward Magic

By on 10.3.06 | 5:39PM

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.

Sounds of Solidarity

By on 10.3.06 | 3:52PM

"Most Republicans are sticking together."-- Speaker Hastert's spokesman on the Foley affair

Good grief! Isn't there another way to phrase this?

Who Can You Trust?

By on 10.3.06 | 2:38PM

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.

I Said Nix to Hastert Long Ago

By on 10.3.06 | 1:02PM

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.

Re: Stein on Foley Scandal

By on 10.3.06 | 11:44AM

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.

"The reality is that Democrats seem to get away with more," says Chuck Todd, editor in chief of the Hotline, a daily political journal. "They can have an affair and bail [themselves] out. There's a lower threshold for Republicans. I guess it's more of a hypocrisy thing," he adds, because such scandals put Republicans at odds with the party'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."