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Saturday, October 07, 2006

The path to suicide continues

Wow, they bombed Berlin to the ground
didn't they?

Mark Foley is doing to the GOP what Bomber Command did to Berlin, laying waste at every turn.

James Dobson is in full child sex predator defense mode
On Focus on the Family, Dobson was responding to a New York Times column by Paul Krugman, in which Krugman wondered how Dobson would respond to the Foley scandal given Dobson's earlier criticism of former President Bill Clinton for his affair with Monica Lewinsky. From Krugman's column (subscription required):

It will be interesting, by the way, to see how Dr. Dobson, who declared of Bill Clinton that "no man has ever done more to debase the presidency," responds to the Foley scandal. Does the failure of Republican leaders to do anything about a sexual predator in their midst outrage him as much as a Democratic president's consensual affair?

In response, Dobson again criticized Clinton and then suggested that the sexually explicit instant messages allegedly sent by Foley to underage male pages were the result of "sort of a joke":

DOBSON: We condemn the Foley affair categorically, and we also believe that what Mr. Clinton did was one of the most embarrassing and wicked things ever done by a president in power. Let me remind you, sir, that it was not just James Dobson who found the Lewinsky affair reprehensible. More than 140 newspapers called for Clinton's resignation. But the president didn't do what Mr. Foley has done in leaving. He stayed in office, and he lied to the grand jury to obscure the facts. As it turns out, Mr. Foley has had illicit sex with no one that we know of, and the whole thing turned out to be what some people are now saying was a -- sort of a joke by the boy and some of the other pages.
And this is what he's telling his own people

Dr. Dobson Responds to Liberal Attacks over Foley Situation

What does the reprehensible behavior of a now-disgraced gay Republican congressman have to do with Christian conservatives? Nothing, says the founder of Focus on the
Family Action.

Focus on the Family Action Chairman Dr. James Dobson took on liberal news media and politicians today and accused them of using the behavior of former Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., to try to make political hay and tarnish the reputation of conservative candidates and all Christians — including him — in the process.

"What Congressman Foley did was inexcusable, reprehensible and morally depraved," Dobson said. "Let there be no question about the position we have taken on this."

Speaking on his nationally syndicated radio program, Dobson made a point of distinguishing between the actual behavior of the former Florida congressman — who resigned after sending inappropriate e-mails and messages to teenaged pages — and the scandal the media is trying to generate while seeking the ouster of House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.

"A representative who has been a closet homosexual for years, apparently, was finally caught doing something terribly wrong and when the news broke, he packed up his things and went home," Dobson said.

And that, he said, should have been the end of the story. But it wasn't.

"As we know, the media and the Democrats saw an opportunity to make much, much, more out of it," Dobson said, "impugning the morals and character, not only of this disgraced congressman, but of entire the entire Republican Congress — and Christian conservatives, including me."

UT-03: Another Republican Attacks Foley Victims

by Hunter

And yet another Republican congressman finds himself in hot water over his blame-the-kids Foley defenses. From the Salt Lake Tribune:

WASHINGTON - Rep. Chris Cannon today attempted to clarify public comments he made last night seeming to blame teen-age congressional pages in the unfolding scandal with disgraced ex-Rep. Mark Foley.

"These kids are actually precocious kids," Cannon, R-Utah, told KSL Radio's Nightside. "It looks like uh, maybe this one email is a prank where you had a bunch of kids sitting [around] egging this guy on."

Cannon, who has defended House Speaker Dennis Hastert's handling of the scandal, also said Thursday that there's not much to do other than educate kids to the dangers of going online.

"Frankly, this is the responsibility of the parents," Cannon said. "If you get online you may find people who are creepy. There are creepy people out there who will do and say creepy things. Avoid them. That's what you have to do. And maybe we can say that a little more to the pages."

Foot. In. Mouth. Utah is a very conservative state -- I can't believe that those comments are going to go over well with the Utah family values crowd.

This is happening all over the country, but it's not flying. The Republican "blame everyone else" pushback is looking meanspirited, vindictive, and frankly, out of control. People aren't buying that everyone else but Republicans are supposedly to blame for a Republican scandal about a Republican cover-up of a Republican sex predator.

Hastert set the stage for this, and now it looks to be a coordinated (and badly failing) Republican strategy. Ironically, it may end up damaging the Republicans every bit as much as what they didn't do before the Foley scandal went public
I guess the Warren Jeffs arrest never crossed his mind.

Somehow, I think child molestation is an issue in Utah.

They really think this is about e-mails and IM's.

You know, Dateline NBC: To catch a predator has been on two years. They could have caught an episode.

Because it is unlikely, and I mean highly unlikely, that Foley stopped there. Drunk outside the dorm? Driving pages around. Asking for blowjobs from kids if they stay in your house. And you think this is all a prank and a Democratic plot?

Keep thinking that.

This is like the rise and fall of DC Stephenson, the head of the Indiana Klan. He was famous, then he chewed his mistress to death and the whole thing fell apart.

posted by Steve @ 12:20:00 AM

12:20:00 AM

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