Tuesday, October 03, 2006


Ex-Rep. Foley is wrapping himself in every mantle of victimhood he can pull off the racks.

Foley's lawyer said on Tuesday the six-term House veteran is an alcoholic gay man who was molested by a clergyman when he was a teenager.

Is he a paedophile? (Or as we wretched Americans insist on mis-spelling it, pedophile). Legally, probably. I haven't researched that. But erotically, he seems not to have been sexual toward children, but rather toward teens. That would be creepy, but it's not what I'd call paedophilia. What is it? Ephebophilia? To conflate that with paedophilia seems to be over-clumping your perversion.

And we all know the danger of that.

Marc Cooper has some sound advice for the loyal opposition:

If I were running the DCCC, I'd order all Democratic candidates to take a vacation for the next month-and-half and keep their mouths shut, lest they risk snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

Meanwhile, the paranoid style is alive and well, in the comments thread here:

I AM indeed suspicious that the GOP chose to drop some ballast now in order to distract people. But whether you agree with that or not (and the majority of people surely do not), you can’t argue that that is NOT the effect that all this stuff is having. They’ve lost one seat in senate, but how many people are reading Mark Foley’s IMs instead of checking whether their congressman voted for the Torture bill or not?