And now another episode of the Betway’s answer to Desperate Housewives : As The Hastert Turns
“A close House ally of Speaker Dennis Hastert called Wednesday for temporary suspension of the congressional page program amid the uproar over former Rep. Mark Foley’s Internet exchanges with former teenage pages and Hastert’s handling of the problem.
“People are very, very concerned” about daily disclosures concerning Foley’s salacious messages, said Rep. Ray LaHood, saying the program should be shut down at least for awhile.”
Standard Operating Republican Procedure: “When in doubt, obfuscate.”
As Republicans grow increasingly nervous about their election prospects and Hastert tries to save his job in the face of criticism, the scandal dominates the 24-hour news media and the Internet blogosphere.
Asked by conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh Tuesday if he was going to step down, Hastert, R-Ill., replied, “I’m not going to do that.”
So nice to see Denny chatting with his moral equal — The Oxycontin Kid, whose Adventures in Viagra have been so much in the news lately.
“Meanwhile, LaHood, who also is from Illinois, said that it’s not the speaker who should go and said the page program should be shut down, at least temporarily.
He questioned an “antiquated” congressional page system that brings 15- and 16-year-olds to the Capitol and has resulted in scandals in the past.
“Some members betray their trust by taking advantage of them. We should not subject young men and women to this kind of activity, this kind of vulnerability,” LaHood said in a CNN interview. He said the program should be shut down until problems can be resolved.”
Remove the Temptation and avoid the Sin. Right Ray?
“In another development Wednesday, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who’s in line to become Republican leader in the Senate after the election, said the scandal could hurt House candidates in November. But McConnell also said he didn’t expect it to have any impact on Senate races.”
Kids — they sure keep ya hoppin’ !
“President Bush, speaking at a Stockton, Calif., elementary school on Tuesday, said he was disgusted by the Foley revelations and voiced support for Hastert.
“I know that he wants all the facts to come out,” the president said.”
“Conservatives debated whether Hastert should resign over his handling of the controversy.
Activist Richard A. Viguerie called for Hastert to step down. “The fact that they just walked away from this, it sounds like they were trying to protect one of their own members rather than these young boys,” Viguerie said on Fox News.”
All together now: Well, DUH!!!!
“Yet the Christian Coalition said it was standing behind Hastert, and Arizona Republican Rep. John Shadegg circulated a “Dear Colleague” letter in support of Hastert, saying calls for the speaker to resign were “unwarranted and fundamentally unfair.”
Next they’re change their name to the Christian Coalition and Man-Boy Love Association.
“Hastert says he first heard details of the Foley matter last Friday when the story was breaking. The No. 2 House Republican, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, and House GOP campaign chair Rep. Tom Reynolds of New York said they had spoken with Hastert about a complaint concerning a former page from Louisiana last spring after being told about it by Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-La., who had sponsored the teen.
Hastert sought to blame Democrats for leaking sexually explicit computer instant messages between Foley and former pages from 2003.
“Democrats have … put this thing forward to try to block us,” Hastert told Limbaugh.”
Yeah. Just like Rush’s maid is a Demo plant.
“It’s absolutely not true,” countered House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
ABC News, which first reported on initial online exchanges from Foley that were questionable but not graphic, says sexually explicit messages reported last Friday were provided by former pages after its initial report Thursday.”
Love the “questionable”!
ABC News said Tuesday it had obtained additional instant messages.
“Can I have a good kiss goodnight,” Foley was said to have messaged in one. A boy responded with cyber symbols and “kiss.”
In another message, Foley invited the teenager to his Capitol Hill town house “for a few drinks” even though he knew the boy was under the legal drinking age. “We may need to drink at my house so we dont get busted,” Foley messaged.
Foley’s attorney, David Roth, said at a news conference in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Tuesday that he had no reason to believe that Foley “ever had teenage boys at his house to have alcohol.”
Roth said Foley, 52, had himself been molested between the ages of 13 and 15 by a clergyman but added that Foley “does not blame the trauma he sustained as a young adolescent for his totally inappropriate e-mails” and instant messages. “He continues to offer no excuse whatsoever for his conduct.”
While offering an excuse for his conduct.
“Roth insisted Foley never had had sexual contact with a minor. He said the former Florida congressman, who had kept his sexual orientation private, wanted people now to know that he is gay. “
NOW he tells us!
Worst kept Open Secret in Politics.
“The House ethics committee, meanwhile, scheduled its first meeting on Foley’s actions for Thursday, in closed session. The House voted last Friday to direct the ethics panel to inquire into the matter.
Foley resigned abruptly on Friday after being confronted with the 2003 instant message exchanges.
The FBI announced over the weekend it was opening a preliminary investigation into the matter. “
Who better to investigate a closet case than an organizetion founded by a closet case.
“Separately, Kirk Fordham, a Reynolds aide who was a longtime former aide to Foley, told The Associated Press of counseling Foley on Friday on how to deal with the developing story.
Fordham said when he learned the details of some of the instant messages, he confronted Foley.
“I said: ‘Are these authentic?’ and he said ‘probably’ and he confirmed that they were likely his instant messages,” Fordham said.
Reynolds immediately said Foley had to resign and GOP campaign aides drafted a resignation letter.”
So Reynolds pushed Foley under the bus, eh?
Well there isn’t a bus big enough for all the Rethugs going under it for this thing.