Carol Platt Liebau: Don't Fall for the Hype

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Don't Fall for the Hype

Stories like this are the way that a Democratic Party committed to terrorist rights and cut 'n run in Iraq are hoping to have the opportunity to take Congress.

Don't fall for the hype. As of yet, there is no indication that Speaker Hastert or anyone other than Rep. Foley did or didn't do anything that should result in an anti-GOP tidal wave. Certainly, it's important to make it clear that -- unlike the Democrats -- Republicans don't defend or support their representatives who engage in sexually inappropriate behavior. But that doesn't mean that every Republican across the country should run around like a chicken with its head off, yelling for Hastert's scalp.

So far, what we do know is that Speaker Hastert knew what a number of newspapers and other figures knew -- which the papers determined did not warrant a story, and which Hastert believed warranted a warning, rather than taking steps to remove a gay congressman from his post (which would have been excoriated by many as a sign of a homophobic Republican witch hunt).

The Democrats are trying to play the same game with Foley as they do with Iraq . . . refusing to recognize that decisions can be made only with the imperfect information that people have at the time. Once all the facts are revealed, Dems like to second guess, but that's the prerogative only of those who don't really have to be responsible for anything.

Republicans need to remain calm. Make it clear that we are united in our absolute distaste and repugnance at Foley's behavior, wait for the facts to come out, and then proceed accordingly.

But it will be deeply disappointing if conservative Christians refuse to turn out on the basis of the Foley scandal, as the linked piece asserts. Surely the base knows better than to impute the guilt from one man's behavior onto the rest of the party, especially when there's no evidence that anyone else knew about Foley's damning instant messages -- and especially when so much (including, most importantly, the course of the war on terror) depends on Republicans holding the Congress.

And let's not forget to find out who else -- besides Dennis Hastert -- knew anything about this, including those who brought out this story at such a fortuitous time for the Democrats.


Blogger COPioneer said...

Okay, I'll say it since you've been so good to not say it...why did Studds get to keep his seat for 13 years after having sex with an underage page in 1983? Oh yeah, he was a Democrat.

Why don't Democrats EVER seem to resign with shame when they sin mightily?

8:38 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Why are we, as Republicans, putting up with this nonsence! While we are tripping over ourselves to climb to, "high moral Ground," our political opponents are playing us like fiddles and laughing at us in private! The dems trump up phony charges, get their MSM to run with it and we are ALWAYS left stuttering and stammering before the TV cameras, trying to explain something that we didn't do! Why are we the ONLY ones who have to constantly explain ourselves and answer the,"Have you stopped beating your wife?," questions while the dems
get away with all types of crap? We have to stop taking the bait, and get on the offence! Wake up Republicans!

8:49 AM  
Blogger Editor said...

It is truly pathetic when one has to invoke hypotheticals in a continuing effort to defend the indefensible.

9:25 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

If Hastert goes, who's next? The dems masterplan is to take out one of our own per week until the election. We, as Republicans need to stop setting ourselves up as sitting ducks and start going on the offensive, otherwise they will take out one leader at a time until no one is left! The, "Moral high ground" that we stand on happens to be the center of their shooting gallery!
Wake up!

10:40 AM  
Blogger wile e coyote said...

A federal grand jury should be interested in who had or knew of the instant messages:

MISPRISION OF FELONY - Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the U.S., conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the U.S. 18 USC

8:02 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

Certainly anyone with prior knowledge of these events, who did not bring it up upon first learning of it, are as quilty as Foley, just as anyone else who conceals a crime, as pointed out by Wile. I expect to see something done as the facts are brought to light.

What needs to be made known, is that those of us on the right are simply human beings subject to all the same temptations as everyone else, and sometimes some of us succomb. That is hardly the point. The point is that we don't seek to change laws to enable our shortcomings, we still maintain the wrongness of such behaviors, and generally take responsibility. We don't just gloss over such infractions, as evidenced by the outcry over Foley by the right, and we expect accountability from our own and our own selves. This is the distinction between the right and left, not that we are beyond temptation. It's not hypocrisy to stand for righteousness while struggling with temptation. It's only hypocrisy when one speaks against sin and knowingly and willingly wallows in it.

11:13 PM  
Blogger eLarson said...

I'm sorry, I have to plead legal ignorance here. Is sending a gross IM a felony in and of itself?

And are both sides of the IM out there, or only those purported to be from Foley?

1:30 PM  

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