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Hastert: Should He Stay or Should He Go?

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Will dumping Hastert send a message that will hurt the Republicans? Or will keeping him send a worse message that they can't police their own, they refuse to confront their problems, their corruption, their failures?

After having the majority whip resign for corruption, it WOULD look very bad if the second in line for the presidency were to have to resign as house speaker, or worse, resign as a congressman. Most likely, as Hastert twists and turns, digging himself further and further into a quicksand of his own creation, he will be forced to resign, at first from his position as majority leader.

Hastert was THE person responsible for the congressional page program. The buck stopped with him and he blew it. He'll probably go the way of Trent Lott, only the fall is a lot further to go from second in line for the presidency and head of the house to just another congressman.

In Hastert's Illinois 14th district, his Democratic opponent, John Laesch's campaign has been inundated with phone calls and emails from new volunteers and what had seemed to be a daunting race against a massively better funded opponent is looking better and better. Laesch, a veteran who served in the middle east, is seeing the campaign take off, with a big jump in campaign contributions over the weekend and a flock of mainstream media interviews including CNN, CBS, NPR, Washington Times, Ed Schultz...

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Up until recently, Hastert had refused to debate Laesch. The way things are going, Hastert may be begging Laesch for debates, if the beleaguered congressman even stays in the race.

If the Republican leadership decides to allow Hastert to stay, they'll be setting up the Dems with a beautifully ugly target. Hastert, who has been able to stay in the background most of the time, really is an ugly politician, whose face alone is a real liability. And when he starts talking, he sound stupid, nasty, and like the sterotypical back-room, cigar smoking politician Americans have grown to despise.

If the intensity of the media coverage continues even a few more days, Hastert's failure to do his job, his cover-up of the internet sexual predatiobns of Foley could collapse the whole republican termite hive down.

 

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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