Friday, October 06, 2006
Georgia Repug Congressman Shamelessly Calls Foley's Initial Correspondence With 16-Year-Old Page "G-Rated Emails"
Is there no shame left among anyone anymore in the Republican Party? Are they all just a bunch of morally-bankrupt, self-serving partisan spinheads obsessed solely with preserving their power? Is there no new low that this gang of corrupt thugs will sink to in order to protect their own from scandal and place blame on Democrats, the media and/or anyone else they can find? Have they gotten so drunk with power that lies, deception and criminality is justified so long as it comes from Republicans? Pick up a newspaper, listen to the radio, watch TV news programs and that's exactly what's happening right now. The Republican Party is now officially out of control and running amok through D.C.
On MSNBC's Hardball Friday, host Chris Matthews interviewed two Congressmen serving as surrogates for House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who, along with other Republican leaders including Majority Leader John Boehner and RNCC chair Rep. Tom Reynolds (NY), have been under fire over the who knew what and when of the Mark Foley sex scandal. In defense of Hastert, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) blew off Foley's original communications to an underage male page as "G-rated emails."
Let's break this down a bit for the Congressman, whose own moral judgment is clearly impaired. Was it considered "G-rated" by the boy, who complained to his parents and told his pal, another page, that it was "sick, sick, sick" when Foley flirted with him and asked for a picture? Was it considered "G-rated" by the boy's parents, who complained to their Representative, Rodney Alexander (R-La)? Was it considered "G-rated" by Alexander when he ran to tell Reynolds and Boehner? Was it considered "G-rated" by Alexander, Reynolds and Boehner when, as they claim, they told Hastert about it (Hastert does not recall being told)? Was it considered "G-rated" by Hastert's office when they informed the Clerk of the House about it? Was it considered "G-rated" by the Clerk, who then told Page Board Chair Rep. John Shimkus (R-ILL)? Was it considered "G-rated" by Shimkus when he chose not to tell the lone Democrat on the Page Board? And was it considered "G-rated" by all of these amoral liars, including Hastert, when they confronted Foley and warned him not to contact the boy again? Yeah, this panicked display of cover your of assage sure appears to come from a bunch of calm, cool and collected "G-rated" email readers, no? How dare Kingston insult the intelligence of every American with this irresponsible and reprehensible partisan crap. He ought to be ashamed of himself.
And then there was Kingston's partner in television crime, Rep. Jack McHenry (NC), in an attempt to blame Democrats for allegedly sitting on the Foley news until weeks before the midterm elections, telling Matthews: "This is not about Denny Hastert. It's about the perverted acts perpetrated by Mark Foley, and the only question that remains is, what did the Democratic leadership know and when did they know it." Can ya believe that? These guys control every ounce of power in Washington, control every single House and Senate committee, and somehow it's the Democrats who are responsible for this outrageous cover-up?
McHenry then went on to reiterate his challenge to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA) and DCCC head Rep. Rahm Emanuel (ILL) to "submit themselves under oath," a challenge he has yet to make to Hastert, Boehner, Reynolds and the other Repugs involved. We always knew these guys were good at bait and switch and swift-boating, but, turning this into a Democratic scandal? Thankfully, as several new polls indicate, voters have finally had enough of this colossal bullshit. The Repugs' reign of terror is likely going to come to an end in just 31 days.
A new Rasmussen poll shows that 61% believe the Republican leadership acted in a cover-up to protect Foley. More troubling, an astounding 31% of Republicans believe that as well. A new Time Magazine poll has 64% of voters saying it was a cover-up. And in a new AP/Ipsos poll which asked how important corruption and scandal in Congress will be at election time, a whopping 48% said "very much" or "extremely." 16% said "moderately." That's 64% who will close the curtain behind them and pull the lever with Repuglican corruption on the brain. Glory freakin' Hallelujah.