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Friday, October 06, 2006


Facts And The "Bipartisan" Senators Who Don't Care About Them

John at AmericaBlog runs down the facts on Foley/Hastert/Reynolds/Boehner as they have been established at this point:

FACT: GOP staff, working for Republican Speaker Denny Hastert, warned the page class of 2001-2002 to stay away from Foley - five years ago.

FACT: Former chief of staff to GOP Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-NY), Kirk Fordham, says he warned Hastert's chief of staff of Foley's behavior three years ago. Whether or not you believe Fordham, his testimony is consistent with the other facts showing that the Republicans knew about Foley's behavior long before last week.

FACT: Both Reps. John Boehner, the Republican House Majority Leader, and Tom Reynolds both say they told Dennis Hastert personally about the Foley issue months ago. Hastert says Boehner is lying. So one of the two most powerful Republicans in the House is lying about an investigation into a child sex predator. That deserves a separate investigation right there.

FACT: Hastert's staff was informed of the Foley emails a year ago, but Hastert would like us to believe his staff simply never told him that a member of Congress, a member of his leadership team, was under investigation for preying sexually on young children - children who Hastert was responsible for.

These are the facts that have led legislators, newspapers, commentators, and pundits across the country - conservative, progressive, moderate, and in between - to call for Hastert's immediate and unconditional resignation. Period.

Republicans are telling telling the Washington Post that, "Hastert's blame-the-media-and-Democrats strategy looks odd when conservatives are leading the charge for his resignation."

But Sen. Lieberman - like Dennis Hastert - blames Democrats and says this is a "partisan frenzy."

No, Senator. It just isn't.

To put it in language you might understand, this is like apple fritters. Everyone agrees on this, from Tony Blankley to Sen. Feinstein (D-CA) to Chris Murphy.

Everybody except for a handful of die-hard power-worshiping Republicans who have been in D.C. way too long. Like yourself.
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