Carol Platt Liebau: More to the Story?

Sunday, October 01, 2006

More to the Story?

Mark Foley's behavior was wrong, disgusting and reprehensible. It is good that he resigned. And it's an instructive contrast between Republicans and Democrats that the Republican leadership demanded Foley's resignation, whereas the Democrats were willing to go right along with sexual wrongdoers in their own party, ranging from Gerry Studds to Mel Reynolds to Bill Clinton.

Clarice Feldman has amassed some facts that suggest that there is partisan maneuvering behind the unveiling and reporting of the scandal. It will be interesting to see if any MSM outlet follows up on what seems like an orchestrated attempt to smear -- not Foley, who's done an excellent job of disgracing himself -- but the rest of the Republican House leadership.


Blogger snodly said...

But, but..."It's just about sex" !! Isn't that what the libs said about Bubba??

Anyone taking bets on how fast the libs can show themselves such hypocrites?

1:15 PM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

The Republican House leadership has done a job on themselves as well, preferring to protect a Republican seat than protect a child.

More hypocrisy from the right.

1:20 PM  
Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

Anyone in the leadership who was involved in this cover-up should resign as well.

If there are Democrats involved - they should go.

But it appears as though the main covering agents were Republicans - and that has to hurt the party's reputation.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

At least our side admits our mistakes and steps down. Remember that when Rep.Studds was censured he turned his back on the chamber as the resolution of censure was being read. He would not face up to what did and continued to maintain he did nothing wrong. His crime was the SAME as Foley's, improper relatinship with a congressional page, remember that?

9:50 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

I don't know, Dukie. Looks to me like they got Foley to step down post haste upon hearing of the less damaging communications. How is this protecting the seat? Or are you referring to somthing else?

11:12 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Duke-Stir, Dont forget about
Gerry Eastman Studds who represented the 10th U.S. House District of Massachusetts from 1973 to 1997. Read this excerpt from a Wikipedia article on Studds.

"On July 20, 1983, Gerry was censured for having an affair 10 years earlier with a male page. He turned his back as the charges against him were read. The anti-gay crew had worked hard to demonize him Gerry held a press conference with the page and admitted to a relationship. They each firmly stated that what had gone on in their bedroom was their business, and absolutely no one else's."

"Gerry was easily reelected in 1984, making him the first openly gay member of Congress and the first gay member of Congress to be reelected. He won 5 more terms after that, and retired in 1996."

More hypocrisy from the left.

8:34 AM  
Blogger dodger said...

Hey, the left drummed into us for eight years that character doesn't matter. It was relentless.

And it stuck. Pretty hard for them to now report to the nation that "character matters."

10:31 AM  
Blogger dreamer said...

Let's face it, there's an overwhelming amount of hypocrisy on both sides. Pointing out examples from one side or the other (a rather simple endeavor by anyone with access to the internet) likely does little more than fuel increasingly heated discourse by those drawn to extremism. The vast majority of sensible, moderate Americans just grow more disgusted - and less trustworthy of both politicians and pundits.

11:42 AM  
Blogger eLarson said...

Smells more like political opportunism than any kind of cover-up to me.

6:59 PM  

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