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Thinking Of The Children

Yesterday, as the Foley Instant Message scandal continued to snowball, National Republican Congressional Committee chairman Tom Reynolds held a press conference, in which he surrounded himself with youngsters. You truly have to see this masterful political maneuver to appreciate it:

Yes, that's right: a press conference on a topic that the press is unable to ask about because of the conditions of the press conference.

Today, as more details were leaked about Foley's shenanigans, the Republican National Committee took the unusual step of ordering all GOP Congressmen to wear safety vests until the upcoming election.

So handy!
Chris Matthews: Our guest today on Hardball is Bruce Sierra, one of the many Republican fighting an uphill battle for re-election this November. Senator Sierra, thank you for joining us.

Sierra: Thanks for having us, Chris.

Matthews: The revelation that Mark Foley sent a series of salacious instant messages to a page --

Sierra: Chris, please. Do you really think it's appropriate to be discussing this in front of my young constituent, here?

Matthew: Well, I, I guess -- Okay then, let me ask you this. How can you, or any member of Congress, justify the staggering public debt that our nation has amassed over the last six years?

Sierra: Oh, come on. You and I know both know who's going have to shoulder that debt: the next generation of Americans,. Infants like this one here. Do we really have to expose him to this ugly reality now? Can't we give him just a little time -- time to be a carefree child?

Matthews: All right. The situation in Iraq --

Sierra: Shhh. Oh, shhhhhh! I think my little supporter is drifting off to sleep ...

(The funny joke here is Chris Matthews asking tough questions of a Republican.)

GOP legislators have also been told to remain inebriated from now until November 7th, so they can be whisked off to rehab when their indiscretions come to light.

Posted on October 03, 2006 to Politics


Gosh that's dirty pool. Politicians showing their true colors so no one should really be surprised.

Posted by: HDC on October 4, 2006 10:56 AM

Matthew-- you seem to have a young child around you constantly, one that has no name, just some sort of "on-line" "handle" or "internet" "screenname."

Just what are you trying to hide by distracting us with cute pictures and amusing stories of "Squirrelly?"

Posted by: LAN3 on October 4, 2006 11:29 AM

That's one of the most disgusting moves in this whole disgusting mess. How can the Republicans still continue to proclaim their moral superiority?

Posted by: Mike on October 4, 2006 11:31 AM

How can any politician proclaim moral superiority? ;)

Posted by: Scott on October 4, 2006 12:19 PM

The worst thing about those Republican infantshields is that they aren't even real babies! They have admitted to using 1st Gen. Elmos reskinned by Halliburton as sterile baby substitutes for kissing on the campaign trail.

Posted by: Rob Cockerham on October 4, 2006 12:48 PM

i saw this last night on john stewart. it's SO ridiculous!

Posted by: urs on October 4, 2006 1:40 PM

Gee, I couldn't see this one coming from a mile off.

A couple of queries:

1. Is it No Child Left Behind or No Child's Left Behind (We Save 'Em For Horn-Dog Foley)?

2. Congressman, as a card carrying member of the Christian Coalition, does your personal relationship with Jesus Christ include obscene IM messages?

Democrats get BJs from interns, Republicans rape their pages.

The correct term for page is: adolescent sex device. Batteries not included.

Here's a deal for both parties: Republicans shut the hell up about Clinton and Democrats publicly stone Foley on the steps on the Capitol. Fair?

Where'd they get their damage control advice from, Boston's Cardinal Law? Too bad Reverend Shanley and John Wayne Gacy didn't run for Congress, they'd be sitting on an important committee by now with pages sitting on their faces.

GOP = God's Other Pedophiles

Kids at press conference = human shields

I'm officially sick of election season. Can we have a monarchy again? The Royals at least keep their perversions to their servants, all of whom are at the age of consent.

The Republican position on child molestation ...

... prone.

Posted by: Karl on October 4, 2006 5:32 PM

What if Foley’s weakness was for prostitutes instead of teenage boys? Would Reynolds have surrounded himself with hookers?*

And what if Foley was into farmyard animals? Just think of the mess. At least, for once the stench of bullshit at a Republican press conference wouldn’t be coming just from the speeches.

(*No, Senator, you are no Jack Kennedy)

Posted by: Lung the Younger on October 5, 2006 3:00 AM

Good grief, people. What Foley did had nothing to do with his party affiliation any more than it did in 1983 when Studds, a Democrat, admitted to having sex with an underage, male page.

My question is if so many people were supposed to be aware of his improper behavior over the years, why didn't anyone contact the police rather than wait to release the IM conversations just a few weeks before the election.

If Republican leadership knew what was going on and covered it up, then they ought to lose their seats as well as be prosecuted. And if there are Democrats who knew what was going on but intentionally waited to release it to the press just to try to gain a few seats in the election, then they ought to be prosecuted as accessories, too.

Posted by: Frank on October 5, 2006 8:08 AM

Imagine we put a whole bunch of Republicans in a house and yell, "Pervert in the house! Cover your ass!" What happens? At first they get all frantic and run around looking for some ass-covers. But remember, we haven't put anything into the house except a bunch of Republicans. So everybody's ass stays uncovered until somebody has the bright idea to cover his ass with another Republican, whose ass ends up even more exposed. Pretty soon everybody is fightin' and wrasslin', trying to use each other as ass-covers. Next thing you know, the noise and hubbub draws the attention of passersby and a crowd gathers around the windows to wonder what sort of tawdry things all these bare-assed Republicans are up to. TV crews set up on the lawn. And no matter how they bite, twist, dodge and scream, they just can't seem to get their asses covered. Poor Republicans, let's let them out of the house.

Posted by: mdrohl on October 5, 2006 10:38 AM

"Good grief, people. What Foley did had nothing to do with his party affiliation any more than it did in 1983 when Studds, a Democrat, admitted to having sex with an underage, male page."

Earth to Frank: That's bullcrap and you know it.

Since 1980, the GOP has been the Party of the Magical Caucasian Jesus, friend of guns, flags, and heterosexuals everywhere. The Studds affair (gotta love the name) doesn't have the Luciferian stench of hypocrisy infecting your nostrils. I smelled the same stench coming from another bunch of sanctimonious windbags, in that case, the clergy of the Catholic Church. Amidst their child abuse (and serial child rape) scandals, they came down hard and unequivocal about how wrong homosexuality and homosexual marriage is. Then had the temerity to find gray areas in clergy child molestation suits. Unfortunately we can't bankrupt the districts of these Congress-pervs and their duplicitious, scum of the Universe, Anti-Christ scrotum gargling enablers.

And if any Republican brings up Clinton (I'm looking at you, Sean "I skin my child prey befores I rape 'em" Hannity, they're going to get a fist to the face.

I'm losing respect for representative democracy as we speak.

I've seen more dignity in Jackass: Number Two than the walking shit piles of the GOP playing damage control for a pedophile.

Posted by: Karl on October 5, 2006 5:50 PM

Frank, Foley broke the very law he WROTE. He campaigned on "protecting children from online predators", such as himself. He supported the anti-gay marriage amendment, in spite of being gay.

The leadership knew about this stuff and did nothing about it. For years, apparently.

In the case of Studds, unlike Crane, the Republican censured for boinking pages at the same time as Studds, Studds held a press conference with the young man in question, and both of them avowed that it was a consensual relationship. No law was broken in either case, since in DC, the age of consent is 16.

Not only was Foley doing this with 15-year olds, but he was breaking the very law he wrote.

Posted by: Doctor Jay on October 6, 2006 9:19 AM

Also, the story was broken by Republicans. ABC has stated unequivocally that their sources were all Republicans. Stop listening to Rush for your "facts."

PS - I love the idea that everyone must stay drunk for the next 6 weeks.

Posted by: LizRM on October 6, 2006 1:21 PM

Isn't Rush a pill popping self-loathing metrosexual in Jabba the Hutt's body? Luckily he's on radio and not a Star Wars CGI alien.

Listening to Rush for ethical advice is like getting marriage advice from ... wait for it ...

Mark Foley.

And the circle remains unbroken.

Rinse. Lather. Repeat. Do not stick in mouth or anus.

Posted by: Karl on October 6, 2006 7:35 PM