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How Foley's Behavior Became the Dems Fault

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The most shocking aspect of the Mark Foley sex-scandal is how quickly Republicans turned it into a political issue. Before the Democrats could even catch their breath over the lurid revelations that Foley had been preying on children, Republicans were already trying to pin the blame for Foley's behavior on the Democrats.

J. Dennis Hastert, whose reputation is in almost as much danger as Foley's, announced the Republican's strategy to waylay the Democrats through an official on Thursday. The AP wrote that the "official said that Hastert will try to draw a contrast with Democrats in past scandals."

Other Republicans, like Rush Limbaugh, are crying that this is another Paul Wellstone memorial, and that Democrats are taking things too far. Rush may have his own private reasons for being an apologist for sexual predators, but how do Democrats have the power to say or do anything to Foley that pushes the limits of what he deserves?

I find it inconceivable that after hiding Foley's secrets for three years to protect their power in Congress, Republicans are giving this revelation neither the pause nor consideration it is due. They are working so feverishly to turn Foley's actions and the Republican cover-up into a political liability for the Democrats that they haven't even considered the troubling consequences of their insatiable lust for power.

This type of juvenile behavior is typical of the Republicans, but this time the stagecraft behind the rhetoric is so obvious that even long-time Republicans find it distasteful. At issue is the safety and welfare of children who should have been better protected within the sanctity of our Congress. This should be a time for reflection. Instead, the Republicans have turned it into a political fight. Their tactics might have worked if the Democrats were given at least a full week to respond to the cover-up, but their anxiety and fear of loosing power usurped their reason and they couldn't control themselves. This time they have gone too far.
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