People who tend towards conservative values often seem to enjoy torturing themselves. Mark Foley is a jerk and thankfully he is no longer a member of congress. Still, the sentiments expressed this morning in the Wall Street Journal by Brendan Miniter are utterly stupid:
“No, the blame if Republicans do lose the House in November will rightly fall on the shoulders of members who one way or another didn't see this coming. It's not that Speaker Denny Hastert or anyone else knew specifically that Mr. Foley sent sexually explicit text messages to congressional pages. Unlike in the sex scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church in recent years, there is no indication that any member of Congress papered over known abuses. Rather it's the implication of willful ignorance that will plague the GOP into the most competitive congressional elections the party has faced in the dozen years its controlled the House.”Let’s get this straight: Denny Hastert was in a no-win situation. As far as we can determine, he had no idea about the sexual explicit instant messages. The e-mails were indeed overly friendly, but nothing more than that. Hastert would have almost certainly been accused of gay bashing if he took further action. The odds are that Democratic insiders were the only ones who knew about the salacious instant messages----and yet, did nothing until five weeks before the election. This incident could honestly be described as a Democratic Party scandal! Why weren’t Democrat politicians interested in protecting the pages last November?
I am convinced that Republicans will definitely vote on election day. The dirty tricks carried out by the Democrats and their allies in the MSM have gone too far. They have backfired. The Republicans should do quite well on election day.
---The Drudge Report also highlights this question:
“Now, what did Democrats know, and when did they know it?”