In response to his indefensible handling of a known child predator in their midst, Dennis Hastert whined today that liberals were out to "get to me". Isn't that just so precious? Little Denny Hastert is now the REAL victim in all of this, not the children exposed to the abuse of Mark Foley because of Hastert's own complicity.
The fact is that Foley began making inappropriate advances to underage pages from the day he entered Congress in 1995, and the Republican leadership knew so much about it that, as reported by the Washington Post, they were warning the pages to stay clear of Foley from day one.
Hastert today says "we took care of Mr. Foley" by asking him to resign. Of course that's exactly what he told John Boehner, "it had been taken care of", when fresh allegations surfaced 11 months ago, which Boehner at first admitted, then denied, then admitted again. This has been common knowledge among the Republican leadership for 10 years, it is only the Democrats and the American people who have been kept in the dark. So for Mr. Hastert "taking care of" something MEANS to sweep it under the rug yet again, all the while Foley is paying off the National Republican Congressional Committee.
President Bush yesterday said we should still trust Hastert because he is a "father". What parent would not aggressively move to investigate such inappropriate overtures which they knew all about? What parent would be lulled into inaction by concerns that it "might have affected campaigns". It NEEDS to affect campaigns alright, starting with the resignation of Dennis Hastert.
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Even the reactionary Washington Times has called for Hastert to go immediately. A liberal media conspiracy indeed! Is there no craven hypocrisy too depraved for the current Republican leadership to swallow? Tell them to take some "personal responsibility". Tell Hastert to resign.