the innocence of a few boys is a small price to pay to remain in power

Not only did the Republicans know that Foley had a thing for young, male Congressional pages, they urged him, in spite of it, to seek reelection, fearful of losing his Congressional seat, and possibly the House. Here’s a clip from “The New Republic“:

“He said, ‘The White House made it very clear I have to run,'” explains Foley’s friend, adding that Foley told him that the White House promised that if Foley served for two more years it would “enhance his success” as a lobbyist. “I said, ‘I thought you wanted out of this?’ And he said, ‘I do, but they’re scared of losing the House and the thought of two years of Congressional hearings, so I have two more years of duty.'”

The lengths people will go to to escape impeachment…

Sorry I’ve been scarce these past few days, but I’m sick with a cold.

[I wanted to title this post “a page in the ass is worth two years to bush,” but I couldn’t bring myself to do it.]

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7 Comments

  1. egpenet
    Posted October 12, 2006 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    Hope you’re feeling better … not to worry about Foley, it’s Hastert and his cronies we’re gonna get … you just get better … Jack Bauer’s on the case … “Trust me. He’s trained to deal with this sort’a thing.”

  2. ChelseaL
    Posted October 13, 2006 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    M,

    Feel better.

    Actually, my father’s in Foley’s district and was very disappointed when the scandal broke (although he said everyone already knew Foley’s gay). According to my dad, the guy made a great rep. Any time there was a problem with Medicare covering prescriptions, say, my father would put in a call to his office and the problem would get resolved.

    Also: did you read what the Drudge report had to say about the situation? If not, I’ll try and find it for you.

  3. ol' e cross
    Posted October 13, 2006 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    I’m sick, too. I’d like to comment on Foley and all, but in my head fog throb of phlegm all I can spit out is “I’m sick.”

    Was Clementine spared? My little girl’s got it and between the sad little sobs just says, “it hurts, it hurts.”

  4. ol' e cross
    Posted October 13, 2006 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    I’m sick, too. I’d like to comment on Foley and all, but in my head fog throb of phlegm all I can spit out is “I’m sick.”

    Was Clementine spared? My little girl’s got it and between the sad little sobs just says, “it hurts, it hurts.”

  5. mark
    Posted October 13, 2006 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    The issue isn’t that he’s gay. It’s that he’s a pedophile… or at least aspires to be one, given the suggestive nature of his emails. And, if this story in TNR is true, Rove and others in the Bush administration knew about it and pushed him toward running again anyway.

  6. mark
    Posted October 13, 2006 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    Yeah, Clementine is sick too. She’s got it worse than me.

  7. mark
    Posted October 13, 2006 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    From today’s New York Times:

    …Foley’s one-time chief of staff testified before the investigative panel for nearly five hours Thursday. Kirk Fordham has said publicly that he raised alarms with House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s top aide nearly three years ago.

    Fordham would not comment on his testimony. His extensive knowledge of Foley’s actions include the Florida Republican’s attempt to enter the page dorm while drunk several years ago, one of the events that triggered several alarms raised by Fordham with House officials, according to a source familiar with Fordham’s actions and knowledge…

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