Friday, September 29, 2006

Talking About Foxes And Henhouses

[Posted by reader_iam]

And Rep. Mark Foley.
Six-term Republican Rep. Mark Foley of Florida resigned from the U.S. Congress on Friday following reports he sent sexually inappropriate e-mails to underage male congressional interns.

Foley, chairman of the House caucus on missing and exploited children, said he would resign after ABC News reported he sent messages to current and former congressional pages with references to sexual organs and acts.

XWL of Immodest Proposals and Amba of Ambivablog sum it up beautifully. Me, I just want to run to the nearest bathroom for a shower and the nearest pillow for a good punching. (For starters.)

But I do want to say, to this:
House Speaker Dennis Hastert said Foley had "done the right thing" by resigning. He said he had asked officials to look into the incident and make sure all congressional pages were safe. "None of us are very happy about it," he said of the Foley situation.

Not very "happy"? Not very happy? What the hell kind of reaction is THAT? (If it'd been a Dem ... well, you know ... just curious.)

Make that TWO VERY LONG showers and two VERY LARGE pillows.

Update, later: Now I can I understand the ridiculously...relaxed...reaction of Hastert, to which I disbelievingly referred earlier. TPM points out the obvious in the AP article about Foley's resignation:
The page worked for Rep. Rodney Alexander (news, bio, voting record), R-La., who said Friday that when he learned of the e-mail exchanges 10 to 11 months ago, he called the teen's parents. Alexander told the Ruston Daily Leader, "We also notified the House leadership that there might be a potential problem," a reference to the House's Republican leaders.

Yet, not only was the situation not brought into the light, but Foley was backed in his re-election efforts.

Now, I get it. If what the AP article is implying (and TPM is saying more explicitly) is true, "not happy" can be translated to the cynical: "We got caught caring more about this guy's seat in Congress, and partisan politics generally, than we do about the welfare of young pages, and that is such an upsetting and un-happy-making thing."

Beyond disgusting. Beyond stupid. Unfortunately, so not beyond imagining.