Conservative Reaction to the Foley Scandal

The Republican attempt to blame the Foley scandal on Democrats just isn’t getting any traction. While several Republicans have claimed this is all politics, even claiming that the incriminating emails were released by Democrats for political gain, ABC has verified that the information was actually leaked by Republicans and non-partisan individuals. The Washinton Wire reports:

Brian Ross, chief investigative correspondent at ABC News, said a nonpartisan source provided the “tamer” emails that the network posted on its Web site “The Blotter.” Within hours of that posting, “numerous” former House pages emailed ABC with additional allegations about Foley, Ross said. Two former pages–one who had been sponsored by a Republican member of Congress and one by a Democrat–offered ABC texts of sexually explicit instant messages purportedly sent by Foley. Ross said the network then tracked down the original recipients of those messages and got firsthand confirmation of their authenticity.

Ross said that, in his opinion, ABC’s path to the story was too convoluted to be part of a broader partisan conspiracy. “The chain of events that just doesn’t hold up. . . in terms of being from a political party,” Ross said. “I know how that works. This was not it.”

News this afternoon has made it even more difficult for Republians to deny a lack of oversight by Republican House leaders as Kirk Fordham, who recently resigned as chief of staff to Rep. Thomas Reynolds, has stated that he reported Foley’s misconduct two years ago.

Today’s Evans-Novak Politcal Report says that Republican leaders encouraged a reluctant Foley to run for reelection despite knowledge of his emails:

The fact is, Foley was reluctant to run for re-election because of pressure over his homosexuality. He was reportedly considering two private-sector jobs already, after the White House had panned him as a Florida Senate candidate, reasoning that he could not win statewide. But National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Tom Reynolds (R-N.Y.) talked a reluctant Foley into staying. Naturally, Reynolds, as the campaign chairman, wants all incumbents to stay in the House and to minimize open seats. Foley filed as a candidate in Florida on May 8 of this year, after Reynolds and other Republican leaders had been made aware of the e-mails by the page’s congressional sponsor, Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.), in April. It would have been a good time to ease Foley out, because his district is solidly Republican enough that another candidate could have carried it easily.

Reaction on the right has been variable, with not all going along with the attempts to blame this on the Democrats. The conservative Washington Times called on Haskert to resign on Tuesday. Yesterday The Wall Street Journal provided an accurate assessment of the political damage this scandal will do to Republicans:

As the scandal over former Rep. Mark Foley has expanded to entwine Republican leaders who knew of his emails to underage male House pages but took little action, the party has new reason to worry about two key constituencies: Christian conservatives and suburban soccer moms.

Long before the disclosure of the unduly personal Foley emails and separate, sexually explicit instant messages last week, and the six-term Florida Republican’s sudden resignation, his colleagues were fretful that many conservatives would stay home on Election Day, turned off by high federal spending, illegal immigration and inaction on a number of social issues. Moderate suburbanites, meanwhile, complain of a party agenda that is too beholden to the conservatives on issues such as federal funding for medical research using embryonic stem cells, which President Bush vetoed in July…

“The Republican Party holds itself out, rightly or wrongly, as the guardian of values, and for something like this to occur does not bode well for the party,” said Tony Perkins, head of the conservative Family Research Council and a frequent ally of Republican leaders. As for Christian conservative voters, “there’s clearly a lack of enthusiasm as compared to” the 2004 election.

With Republican attempts to blame Democrats for the scandal not holding up, perhaps their simplest solution would be to try to get voters to think that Foley himself was a Democrat. Both The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News and AP have had erroneous reports labeling Foley as a Democrat. AP issued a retraction while Fox removed the Democratic label from some later airings of the The O’Reilly Factor without issuing such a correction.

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    Seven Star Hand says:

    Hello Ron and all,

    Christian Political Leadership, Hypocrisy, Duplicity, and Purposeful Evil

    The current scandal involving Congressman Foley is merely the latest in an amazingly long list of blatant deception and duplicity by Republicans and the Christian Right in recent years. While bedeviling us all with their holier-than-thou pretenses, they consistently support and/or perform blatant greed and abominable evil. Never forget the extent of their arrogance over the last two decades and especially the last 6 years. It is beyond amazing that Christians continue to blindly support such obviously blatant scoundrels, even as they are repeatedly exposed going against the most basic of human values. The level of hypocrisy and duplicity boggles the mind. There is no longer any doubt, whatsoever, that Christianity is little more than a purposeful deception used by political and religious leaders to dupe, manipulate, and coerce entire populations into giving them wealth and power, which they always use for greed, injustice, and abominable evils.

    The actions of Foley and those who covered up for him directly parallel the actions of scores of priests that have raped innocent children, preyed upon others for centuries, and had their actions hidden and abetted by the Vatican. Now, in eerie repetition of Vatican history, we have a power hungry Christian Emperor (GW) working closely with the Vatican and Judeo-Christian aristocrats to lead crusades in the so-called Holy Land. Furthermore, to leave little doubt about the reality of this assessment, the USA, as the new Holy Roman Empire, is about to legalize the torture it has perpetrated in recent years while steadily reversing many of the democratic and civil freedoms that people gained when the Vatican and royalty lost control of their European empire at the turn of the nineteenth century. Now we see them following the same old path of evil as they strive to cement the status of the USA as the latest proxy Vatican empire. Make no mistake about it, the new dark ages are looming on the horizon unless we do something proactive to prevent it.

    Remember that those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it!

    These scum and their ilk have consistently proven that gaining and maintaining power, at any cost, is much more important to them than anything they publicly pronounce. They have so little true concern for the well-being of others that they will say or do anything to take advantage of millions upon millions just to line their own grubby pockets and maintain power. This proves, to anyone with eyes to see, that they couldn’t care less about everyone else as long as they get their hands on wealth and power, even if it means pretending to serve the Creator. It is long past time that people stand up for truth and justice and give these scoundrels their due.

    This is a direct challenge to Christians to open your eyes and finally understand that you have been duped about the true purpose and nature of Christianity and the deceptive leaders you have blindly followed. How much evil must be done in your names before it finally dawns on you that you have been fooled by the very scoundrels you thought you were and/or would be opposing?

    Remember the saying that “the truth will set you (and others) free?” How does “opening one’s eyes to the truth” relate to “making the blind see again” or “shining the light” or “illuminating a subject?” Notice the inherent symbolism associated with this supposed New Testament “miracle?”

    I know that many have chosen to write me off as some sort of a quack over the last three years. Now that this country and world have sunk to new lows and many of the things I’ve warned about have occurred, perhaps fewer will be so quick to scoff at things they don’t understand. Neither religious followers nor secularists have been 100% correct and most have been dead wrong about much. Perhaps now more will seek true wisdom and cooperate for the good of all before the Bush-Cheney-Vatican cabal revives the dark ages and puts you all in theological torture camps.

    Remember:
    “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good [people] do nothing.”

    We are all trapped in a web of deception woven with money, religion, and politics. The great evils that bedevil us all will never cease until humanity finally awakens, shakes off these strong delusions, and forges a new path to the future.

    Here is Wisdom !!

    Peace…

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