Thursday, October 05, 2006

Republican week in review, pt. 1

It's been quite a week for the ruling junta. First, Republican Congressman Mark Foley was forced to resign when he was (finally) discovered to have propositioned boys via email and instant message. What? You didn't hear about this? Gee, maybe that's because the supposedly liberal mainstream press has been trying to bury it. The LA Times put its first 3 articles (from 9/29, 9/30, and 10/01) covering a sex scandal concerning a federal government official on pages A15, A12, and A20, with the 3rd article even quoting National Republican Committee Chairman Carl Forti's talking point that the Democratic Party was playing this story up for political gain! Because, of course, protecting minors from sexual predators is the sole purview of the Republicans, right? Oh yeah, except for the fact that the co-chair of the Congressional Missing and Exploited Children Caucus was none other than Foley himself. This little tidbit of irony didn't even make it into these 3 articles, oddly enough, although Foley's membership on both the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Entertainment Industry Task Force was prominently mentioned in the very first article (which was all of 391 words.) That Foley's actions were made illegal by legislation written by his own committee simply adds to the irony level.
The bigger issue here is not that Foley's a perv, though (although that's pretty bad as it is); it's that the Republican leadership knew all about his penchant for teenaged boys years ago, yet did nothing about it. The cover-up of an illegal action is, of course, a felony, but who out there wants to bet that the Speaker of the House Denny Hastert (who was among the first people to be notified about Foley's predilection for preying on pages) doesn't even resign his position as Speaker, let alone his Congressional seat, let further alone spend a night in prison? As we've seen, the higher up you go in this criminal conspiracy to defraud the public and destroy the nation we call the Republican Party, the less the chances are for noble, or even legal, ethical, or moral behavior.
The final irony is that by Florida election law (yikes!), it is too late for Foley's name to be taken off the November ballot, even though a replacement (Joe Negron) has been legally named to run in his stead. Therefore, anyone wishing to vote for the Republican Party candidate literally has to cast his/her ballot for a disgraced sexual predator, if not an actual molester. Should be no problem for Florida Republicans . . .
Next up: Senate Majority Leader Frist calls for the Taliban to be put back in power. No. Really.


Blogger Slangred said...

The hits just keep on comin', don't they? How much more absurd, surreal and SCARY can one political landscape get???

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the difference between Hastert & Mahoney? Nothing.
Luv, GOM

7:23 PM  
Blogger bryduck said...

Really, GOM? How has Mahoney enabled a known sexual predator to continue plying his trade? How has Mahoney supported the Bush Administration's gutting of our Constitution? How has Mahoney done anything remotely similar to what Hastert has done? Check out this Daily Kos diary for info on Mahoney. I do wonder, however, why you are making this comparison. What have you heard?

11:15 AM  
Blogger bryduck said...

Oh, wait. Did you mean Cardinal Mahony? Oops; you're right. Never mind, then. How ironic that the Democrat running against Foley is named Mahoney!

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I certainly did mean His Eminence. I forgot that Mahoney was also the name of the guy on the ticket. Hopefully, he's STILL on the ticket....Sorry for the confusion!

2:53 PM  

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