In case you’ve been living under a rock, you know that next week’s election promise to be the fiercest in a long time. Recent scandals – not least of all Ted Haggard‘s – have the GOP shaking in their cowboy boots and despite John Kerry‘s remarks, the Demmies hope to win big.
It should come as no surprise, then, that the House Ethics Committee has decided to keep its Mark Foley Investigation findings under wraps until the dust settles.
According the MSNBC, the hold-up’s less of a political game and more of a simple time crunch.
The House ethics committee has been working hard to determine if Republicans covered up ex-Rep. Mark Foley’s come-ons to former male pages, but even 12-hour work days won’t bring conclusions by Election Day.
Hmmm, we’re sketpical. Considering that the Committee’s findings have the potential to bring down Speaker Dennis “Hasturd” Hastert and a host of other high-ranking Republicans, taken with the fact that a CNN poll found that 55% of voters said the Foley scandal will affect their vote, inclines us to think this is just a way of keeping voter’s guessing. And, of course, the GOP doesn’t want to take any chances:
Academic experts said the Foley scandal was never a more important issue than the Iraq war – even when it momentarily dominated the headlines as September ended. Nonetheless, they said there was an adverse effect on Republican campaigns.
“It demoralized Republicans and threw them off message,” said John Pitney, Jr., a professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College in California.
“They wanted desperately to talk about Osama Bin Laden and had to talk about Mark Foley. It may add to the sense that Republicans aren’t managing the House very well.”
Considering the shit storm the GOP’s found themselves in over the past few months, we almost feel bad for them.