Wednesday, October 04, 2006

House Republican Leaders Chastise Hastert, While Fox News All-Stars Wonder Whether Speaker Will Be Next "Sacrifice"

Will House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) be the next "sacrifice?"

That was the talk on Fox News Channel tonight, following a series of statements from House Republican leaders that were critical of how Hastert handled questions over the past few months surrounding disgraced fromer Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL).

Earlier today, the House majority whip, Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said he would have handled it differently if he'd known about it. He was the acting majority leader when the complaint was raised.

"I think I could have given some good advice here, which is you have to be curious, you have to ask all the questions you can think of," Blunt said. "You absolutely can't decide not to look into activities because one individual's parents don't want you to."

Meanwhile, Rep. Thomas Reynolds (R-NY), whose top aide resigned today (see below), and House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), each told reporters that they warned Hastert -- a possible sign that they fear they have to sacrifice Hastert to save Republican control of the House.

"I did what most people would do in a workplace," Reynolds, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, told reporters in his home district. "I heard something, I took it to my supervisor. … I took it to the speaker of the House."

Echoing Reynolds' defense, Boehner told a Cincinnati radio station, "I believe I talked to the speaker and he told me it had been taken care of. And my position is it's in his corner, it's his responsibility."


The scandal surrounding Foley prompted the resignation of Kirk Fordham, Reynolds' top aide, and a former chief of staff for Foley. Fordham said he had warned senior Republican leaders about Foley’s behavior prior to 2005, earlier than those leaders said they knew about the problem.

The Fox News "All-Stars" -- Charles Krauthammer, NPR's Juan Williams and the Washington Post's Mike Birnbaum, told guest anchor Jim Angle that while Fordham's resignation was probably a "sacrifice" to appease social conservatives and other disgusted Republican voters, it might not be enough.

"This is a cancer," Krauthammer said. With Republicans hoping to retain control of the House in the upcoming November election, the "All-Stars" wondered aloud whether the best way to stop that cancer from spreading was to sacrifice Hastert.


Anonymous MellowMan said...

Three points -

No Republican wants the job at this time.

No Democrats want to return to DC for the vote.

Hastert's own constituents will decide next month.

10:42 AM  
Anonymous MellowMan said...

Remember Studds?

Studds actually had sex with under age pages. Got caught with a 17 year old.

Democrat Speaker of the House Thomas "Tip' O'Neill knew about his crimes for TEN years and did NOTHING.
O'Neill stayed. Who demanded his resignation?

10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Foley The Movie
Sexual Deviation Has Never Been This Vile!
Scandal and Cover-up Falls Down Upon The Republican House Leadership During a Critical Election Season Like an Acid Rain!
David Manning of The Ridgefield Press writes: “Makes the Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal look like ‘Mary Poppins.’’
Rated R. Republicans Strongly Cautioned: Contains elements so shocking it could be Hastertous to their political affiliation.

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

Democrat Speaker of the House Thomas "Tip' O'Neill knew about his crimes for TEN years and did NOTHING.
Got a source for that? We knew Stubbbs had his escapade in 1973. The investigation was in 1983. But those dots don't automatically connect. Did he or did he not know? Otherwise, its just an accusation.

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Angelina's Evil Twin said...


12:36 PM  
Anonymous Widget said...


3:53 PM  
Anonymous Widget said...

The page, Jordon Edmund and his friends admit it all was just a prank. He has lawyered up with Timothy McVeigh's lawyer. What say you, Dave Gump, Whoop-De Doo, Evil Intentions, Twot, et al?

3:57 PM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

I say you're an idiot, Widget, and you're not even really reading news stories carefully enough to quote them.

4:24 PM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

Widget, do you know that as a fact, or are you just speculating?

I'm guessing you're speculating.

5:10 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

You Republicans here seem to want to force us Dems to hold ourselves accountable should dubious newsreports regarding the Foley scandal some how prove accurate.

I wish you Repukes would hold YOURSELF accountable for your own actions and words.
I'm talking about, for example, your relentless cheerleading a few years ago of the Bush Administration's "stay the course" Iraq position, and the endless demonizing of all of us who justifiably questioned the plan or offered alternatives. We were all "terrorist sympathizers," remember?
If we had been listened to, maybe we would have been out of this mess already.
Your statements have instead resulted only in keeping us mired in the war for all this time longer, taking thousands of additional U.S. lives, costing hundreds of billions of additional dollars, while allowing the Bush Administration to sink even more deeply into its state of denial and cesspool of lies to the American people.
Repukes' sudden silence on the Iraq issue or the openly-expressed about face (by the likes of George Will and many others) demonstrates some Repukes' now recognize how wrong they were.
Still, no accountability here.
Meanwhile, the U.S. still finds no stick at the edge of the thickening quagmire to grab onto and pull ourselves out.
For this Bushie Repukes, thank you very much!

5:33 PM  
Anonymous Widget said...

Twot, There you go again -

Got to bring in the War on Terror in Iraq. Were IM'S found there too?

Nobody 'want(s) to forc(ing) (you) to hold (yourselves) accountable.

But do you?

6:35 PM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

This discussion has reached the point of pointlessness, as the right-wing will do and say anything to try to convince people that somehow, Foley is not to blame. Nice show of personal responsibility. Idiots.

Wingnuts: Gerry Stubbs!

Me: Yes, Gerry Stubbs should have resigned. He's a piece of crap. But Dan Crane was fingered back then too.

Wingnuts: But Crane didn't get re-elected! Democrats are perverts!

Me: Yes, Stubbs was re-elected,and he probably should not have been because he's a piece of crap. What matters now is that ample warning seemed to have been given to the GOP leaders in the House and they did little, if anything to root it out.

Wingnuts: But one of them was 18 when they IM'd! That means liberals hate gay people! And this was a prank anyway!

Me: It appears one of the pages was under 18 when they started to IM when he was a page in 2001-2002, and then continued after his 18th birthday. This of course ignores that the others were not 18. In addition, his attorney says it wasn't a prank. Former page Jordan Edmund's attorney, Steven Jones, on the Drudge Report's story: “There is not any aspect of this matter that is a practical joke nor should anyone treat it that way.”

Wingnuts: Gerry Stubbs!

Me: You're repeating yourself. We said he was scum. So is Foley.

Wingnuts: But Foley resigned! He's an honorable man!

Me: Even though he was stalking 16-year-olds.

Wingnuts: Gerry Stubbs!

Me: What's your point already?

Wingnuts: The emails have different bits of punctuation! It was a prank! A prank!

Me: The problem remains that the House leaders didn't actively look into this, when they're supposed to be protecting these pages.

Wingnuts: They were egging him on!

Me: So it's the 16-year-old's fault? Foley gets a pass? Aren't you the party of responsibility?

Wingnuts: Gerry Stubbs!

Me: (slaps head in frustration)

6:28 AM  
Anonymous Widget said...

Dave Gullible,

I never said one of them was 18.

Neither did I say Foley was honorable.

Nor am I the one who is acting like a homophobe.

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

And, I rest my case.

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Widget said...

Dave Goose,

Don't sit down yet.

Court is not adjourned.

Next witness cannot come into court as she is waaay under age and so Dave Goose will take the stand in her place, and speak for her and her under age sisters.

Dave Goose, I know that you believe that under age children should be protected from pedophiles. That's commendable sir. And you believe anyone not doing all that is necessary to apprehend and convict rapists and molesters of little children should be held accountable themselves, with at least a charge of obstruction justice? Am I correct?

Your Honor, will you instruct the witness to answer the question?

Dave Goose, (sulkingly) "Yes"

And, when abortion clinics refuse to cooperate with local authorities and report instances of rape and/or incest of under age pregnant girls, sometimes as young as only ten years old, that an abortion has been performed upon, you believe that the abortion clinic should be held liable for prosecution and for aiding and abetting pedophiles who will rape the victims again? Answer the question.

Your Honor Dave Goose is a hostile witness. Please instruct him to answer the question.

After you have answered that question, Dave Goose, we might think about resting.

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...


Send that back to re-write, Widget. Something's getting lost in the story there. I'm not feeling enough drama here. We may need to bring in an outside scriptwriter.

11:49 AM  

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