The Rep. Foley thing is falling out in places other than a crazy looking district in central Florida. Take for instance, Louisiana, where Rep. Rodney Alexander is getting caught in the undertow of coverup fiasco, and seems to be dragging others down with him. Alexander is (if I can keep the story straight at this point) the Rep. who sponsored some of the pages who Foley took interest in.
Of course, there is some electoral Democratic shenanigans and overreactions coming out of this, and Your Right Hand Thief makes note of it here. YRHT also makes a very good point re: what your reaction would be to something like this.
Tell me if you think the following scenario is illuminating:Back on the political angles, I haven't seen the commercial refrenced, but Democrats need to make very sure they don't get lower on the sleaze limbo by trying to take advantage of someone taking advantage of teenagers. The Foley thing is the most recent situation where members of the Republican leadership screwed something up, and blame others for the foul up. Foley is the sicko in this case, the certain Republicans who knew about it are incompetent and negligent (possibly criminally so). Republicans who didn't have anything to do with it, well, they didn't have anything to do with it.
Your 16 year-old daughter tells you that her 50 year-old teacher sent her a personal email asking for a photo of her and what she wants for her birthday. She's confused and "freaked out", and says that the teacher has made comments about her 16 year-old friend being in "really great shape". Your daughter also tells you that another friend of hers knows of a teacher who "hits on" students.
What do you do in response?
I hope those cats don't mind calling a spade a spade, though.
That's why I think this particular scandal is going to stick to a lot of the GOP insiders who turned a blind eye: conservatives and liberals are equally as angry at those boneheads in Washington.