Prepare for the backlash

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on October 3, 2006

Not content to have a nice, juicy political steak to munch on in the form of disgraced former GOP Rep. Mark Foley, the Democrats today took serious steps toward trying to corral an entire herd of cows -- it may be more than they swallow.

Several Democrats, as tone deaf as their GOP counterparts, came out today and decried the House Republican leadership's failure to act on things they knew nothing about.

"The Mark Foley situation unfortunately highlights the fact that when it comes to egregious personal conduct - such as something that threatens young people under the jurisdiction of the House - the Republican leadership covers up egregious actions for their own political purposes," said Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Fla.

Bolshevik Storytelling.

Wexler, along with other Democrats to be quoted shortly, is implying that the GOP could not hold Foley's seat without him. It only takes someone with a passing interest in politics to know that this is false. Democrats and Republicans have colluded to make all but a handful of seats "safe" for their respective parties. If this story had broken two months ago (why this happened when it did is a minor conspiracy theory that I will leave to others) then Republicans would have quickly booted Foley and they could've run a leprechaun for that seat and won it. Protecting Foley for political reasons? That doesn't pass the laugh test.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., took a similar message on the road to South Florida on Tuesday. On the first day of an 18-state campaign tour, she lambasted Republican leaders while raising money for state Sen. Ron Klein, D-Fla., who is running against Rep. Clay Shaw, R-Fla.

"It's one thing for one head to roll, it's another thing for an entire (Republican) caucus, which condoned this activity and this treatment of it, to benefit," Pelosi told voters in Sunrise. "They're all responsible. They all were enablers."

Bolshevik Storytelling.

When the GOP historically finds these people in their midst they give them the boot. Democrats on the other hand, have been known to support -- and continue electing child molesters to Congress. (see: Rep. Gerry Stubbs who in 1983 had sex with an underage male page. He was re-elected by voters in Massachusetts until retiring in the early '90s.)

And then there's the unintentionally hilarious kicker.

Appearing alongside her, Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., added: "It's reprehensible conduct, and it needs to be fully investigated. Other folk knew about Mark's behavior, and they didn't do the right thing."

Yes, Alcee Hastings. Impeached former judge Alcee Hastings. So much for Democrats' integrity.

Hindsight, being 20/20, would have had the Republicans aggressively investigate Foley's behavior and somehow uncover these criminal instant messages. However, the GOP actions at the time -- an admonition to Foley to knock it off -- were reasonable given the little they apparently knew.

Democrats are overplaying their hand. They'll howl when this comes back to bite them.


Supreme Court: “The Second Amendment is not a second class right. States can’t use subjective criteria when issuing carry permits.”
California: “But what if we added in illegal viewpoint discrimination, and violated the First Amendment at the same time?”

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