All the lurid details are available for other readers and not just congressional pages. And, now, Foley, the former co-chair of the Congressional Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus, has checked himself into an alcohol rehab.
This is the statement he issued: 'I strongly believe that I am an alcoholic and have accepted the need for immediate treatment for alcoholism and other behavior problems.'
The operative word here is 'other.' Somehow, I get the feeling that Foley would have us believe that the alcohol made him do it. What a convenient scapegoat. As convenient as "the Devil made me do it," that old excuse relied on by legions of evangelicals who need to blame someone, anything, other than themselves for their problems.
I'm wondering if House Speaker Dennis Hastert is going to check into an alcohol treatment center as well. Surely, he needs a defense for hiding knowledge of Mark Foley's activities. Hastert, who was told months ago about the e-mails, characterized their content as 'over friendly.' Over friendly???? Dennis, were you under the influence when you said this?
'Did you spank it this weekend?'
'I always use lotion and the hand.'
'I am hard as a rock.'
Wait, there's more of this 'over friendly' messaging.
Writes Foley: 'Do you really do it face down?'
And: 'Where do you unload it?'
Then: 'Cute butt bouncing in the air.'
'Great visual' and 'I may try that.' He even refers to his 'one-eyed snake.'