...or a live boy
by dj moonbat
Starting sometime yesterday, the Internets got all atwitter with the news that Mark Foley (R-FL) had been using his personal email account to put some (not-that-smooth) moves on a young page who had caught the congressman's eye while working, apparently, for some other congressperson.
The page worked for Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-La., who said Friday that when he learned of the e-mail exchanges 10 to 11 months ago, he called the teen's parents. Alexander told the Ruston Daily Leader, "We also notified the House leadership that there might be a potential problem," a reference to the House's Republican leaders.
This is where the deeply ironic hurting starts to come in for the GOP, from where I stand. I don't have a strong moral objection to people hitting on sixteen-year-olds; as Atrios (among many others) puts it, it's "creepy" for middle-aged guys to be hitting on teenagers, but I think it's creepy more because it's pathetic than because it's immoral.
But then, of course, there's the whole thing with teh gay. And let's face it, it's the GOP's thing to deal with. They've poisoned the relationship between gays and straights for a while now, and done darned well electorally in the process. So, they'd be well advised to wash their hands of the guy and be done with it.
That would work great, except they knew about it for a year:
So Rep. Alexander knew about this 10 or 11 months ago. And he says he notified the House leadership. That means Hastert and (at the time) either Tom DeLay or Rep. Blunt (R-MO). We don't know it was either of those three men yet. But that's what Alexander means when he says he "notified the House leadership." They're the House leadership.
If I'm understanding this correctly, that means that the leaders of the House Republican caucus have known for almost a year that a member of their caucus was having cybersex with an underage congressional page. And apparently they did nothing about it.
So here's the thing: the GOP has invested a helluva lot of energy in getting our press to the point where the only thing that mattered was sex--and in particular, teh gay sex. I get the feeling that this story, as thoroughly undeserving as it is of serious, in-depth coverage, is going to get it. America handing over to the President the power to determine both guilt and the legality of torture? That's just politics. What we have on our hands now is a scandal.