I watched with amazement Mike Viqueira's GOP talking point messenger job right after Hastert's press conference this morning. Never have I seen a correspondent recite verbatim what Rove would like you to hear. I mean Mark Foley is the focus of I hope an intense investigation--resigned in shame and approached teenage boys for sex, but to Mike-"everything is partisan here." Huh? What is he talking about? In Mike's world all that matters is making sure the GOP throws Democrats under the bus anyway they can, so it's the "Democrats setting up Republicans" meme for the '06 election. That's correct. I mean his sources are GOP staffers so I think they're just as impartial as the sick and twisted Eggman... He did say it was just the subtext in DC. The Republican subtext to get out from under another massive scandal "Washington loves a conspiracy"
Those GOP staffers are whispering about the election to Viqueira , but not about Hastert, Reynolds. or Boehners's obligations to protect these congressional pages from sickos. But, it gets worse than that.
After the host reminds him that the President of the Page Alumni association was warned of Mr. Predator back in 2001. Mike very slowly says: Yea...it's a very delicate situation, but there were a significant number of people who were not surprised by Foley's sexual orientation at the least. What does that have to do with anything? Oh, I forgot--that was another GOP talking point.
Then he immediately downplays the warnings to the pages by explaining-- it was commonplace in the '70s and '80s. WTF? The sexual exploitations of young pages was commonplace? That's supposed to give us all a true perspective and make it all better?
MSNBC needs to look into Viqueira's ties in his reporting. Could he cram in anymore cover for the GOP over a sexual predator? Mike, you should be ashamed of yourself.