A Quick Foley Follow-Up

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We’ve got too much exciting stuff planned for you today to dwell in the Foley drudges, so we’ll try to make this quick.

First Foley-related point: New (anonymous) allegations claim that the openly gay Republican, Jim Kolbe, knew of Foley’s naughty little emails as far back as 2000. Not surprisingly, Kolbe denies the allegations. Five bucks the mysterious allegations came from Dennis Hasturd’s office. Okay, make it ten.

Second Foley-related point: Of the scandal, Republican Chris Cannon tries to deflect some of the blame. He says, “These kids are actually precocious…[This email] looks like uh, maybe this one email is a prank where you had a bunch of kids sitting [around] egging this guy on.

Frankly, this is the responsibility of the parents…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”
Or, rather than repeating warnings about the internet, why not tell Congressional leaders to stop trying to sleep with pages because that’s just creepy.

When Democrats responded negatively to Cannon’s words, he back tracked and put more blame on the parents. As long as a Republican doesn’t take the fall, Cannon would probably blame his own mother.

Third Foley-related point: Since Foley resigned from his post, he’s escaped official Congressional censure for this entire scandal. But, he’s far from safe – there’s still the possibility of federal charges. Even if the government takes pity on him, he’ll still have to face the Floridians. If found guilty, he’ll be forced to wear sleeveless shirts before being fed to the crocs. That’s the Florida way.