Okay, I told John I wasn't going to do any Foley stories, but this was too much even for me. RealClearPolitics via YahooNews: Hugh Hewitt has gi
October 3, 2006

Okay, I told John I wasn't going to do any Foley stories, but this was too much even for me.

RealClearPolitics via YahooNews:

Hugh Hewitt has given the best political advice for Republicans on how to deal with the Foley scandal.

The Washington Times wants Speaker Hastert to resign. To do so would be to capitulate to Democratic-activist-induced and MSM-abetted hysteria. Not only should Hastert not resign, he should use every opportunity to swing back hard at a MSM deeply compromised by its ideological extremism and a Democratic Party committed to retreat and defeat in Iraq and fecklessness in the war generally.....

Hastert did not know that Foley was a predator, only that Foley had sent a too-friendly e-mail to one teenage page, the sort of e-mail that would have been completely unremarkable if it hadn't come from a gay Congressman. To have attempted to censure Foley for that e-mail would have been to impose a rule on Congressmen concerning their contacts with minor pages and interns that has no precedent anywhere. The warning about appropriateness that Foley did receive is exactly what ought to have happened and did.

Confirmation of that conclusion is provided by two newspapers. (St. Petersburg Times and the Miami Herald)

Until Friday Hastert and other GOP Congressmen knew only what Florida newspapers knew and which those newspapers considered insufficiently newsworthy to run a story about.....

Two major newspapers have known about the e-mail for eleven months. There was no story because there was no scandal in the e-mails, only in the IMs, which shock and outrage everyone who reads them, and which have been concealed somewhere for more than three years --itself a scandal, but not one to be laid on the Speaker. Read on..

I don't know about you, but I found at least a half-dozen instances of utter hackery, lies, misinformation, disinformation and syllogism in the first paragraph alone. The Washington Times is now a medium for Democratic ideological extremism? Seriously, how completely out of touch with reality do you have to be to put that together?

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