Over the weekend, the Democratic National Committee website showed how the GOP was "letting down the troops. It even featured a soldier standing looking ashamed. Now we see why.
He's a Canadian solider, and probably just finished travelling to the event via a Sea King.
Across the U.S. right now, the big issue du jour seems to be Mark Foley, a Congressman? Congressional Aide? Does it matter? Dude was sending creepy emails to former House of Representative paiges. I'll just send you a few takes on it:
- Ann Coulter
The Democrats say the Republicans should have done all the things Democrats won't let us do to al-Qaida — solely because Foley was rumored to be gay. Maybe we could get Democrats to support the NSA wiretapping program if we tell them the terrorists are gay.
- Donald Lambro
The House page sex scandal is filled with seemingly contradictory, perhaps inaccurate, statements, finger-pointing and blame-shifting.
- Jay D. Homnick
This explains why these moral lapses breed Republican collapses. Half the party is content to allow the legal process decide outcomes. The man is accused of impropriety, so let it be investigated. If he is guilty, he should pay—civil, criminal and Congressional penalties. The other half is insistent that the moral absolutes should be adduced. The culture must be reinforced. The meretricious must be met with opprobrium. We must go to a more basic venue than the legal; to the moral, the philosophical, the cultural.
- David Limbaugh
You know the drill. You've read and heard the Democrats' sordid track record on these matters. They not only didn't condemn Democratic congressman Gerry Studds for his actual sex – not perverted flirting – with a page, they gave him ovations. Congressman Barney Frank remains a respected Democrat even though an aide ran a prostitution ring out of Frank's apartment. The Democrats told us that Clinton's defilement of the Oval Office was a private matter. They champion the advancement of the radical homosexual agenda and safeguard partial-birth abortion.
"No, no, no," they cry. This is about Republican hypocrisy. The GOP pretends to be the party of values and yet embroils itself in this salacious scandal.
But Republicans are not guilty of hypocrisy here – they immediately purged Foley when they discovered the extent of his disgraceful misconduct.
- Pat Buchanan
First, there is the deplorable instant messages of Foley, which all have condemned. Yet if Foley had had sex with pages, rather than write them lurid IMs, he would have violated no law. For under D.C. law, the age of consent has been dropped to 16. And there is no evidence Foley violated that law or had a sexual encounter with a teenage page.
How can Democrats credibly denounce a 52-year-old gay man for sending dirty instant messages to a 16-year-old, when Democrats have legalized sex with 16-year-olds in D.C.? Isn't that a mite hypocritical?
- Thomas Sowell
In these grim and foreboding times, our media have this year spent incredible amounts of time on a hunting accident involving Vice President Cheney, a bogus claim that the administration revealed Valerie Plame's identity as a C.I.A. "agent" -- actually a desk job in Virginia -- and is now going ballistic over a Congressman who sent raunchy e-mails to Congressional pages.
This is the frivolous media -- and the biased media. Republican Congressman Foley was wrong and is out on his ear. But Democrats in both Congress and the White House have gone far beyond words with a page and an intern. Yet the Democrats did not resign and Bill Clinton's perjury, obstruction of justice, and suborning of perjury by others were treated as if these were irrelevant private matters.
- Burt Pretlutsky
But how can you not get a chuckle out of Nancy Pelosi, she with her gay San Francisco constituency, running around like a headless chicken all because of consensual homosexual activity?!
- Star Parker
Democratic outrage about the Foley affair is a simple stage show to provoke voters.
Republican leadership leaves a lot to be desired. The party has got to get focused and tighten the reins of management. But there is little question that there is only one party that still gives credence to traditional values, and that is the Republican Party.
To flip power over to the Democrats, the party of social chaos, is simply to take a bad situation and make it worse.
- Mark Alexander
Space prohibits detailing all the sexual misdeeds of Democrats in recent years, but here are a few: Rep. Fred Richmond, arrested in 1978 for soliciting a 16-year-old girl; Sen. Brock Adams, accused multiple times of drugging, assault and rape beginning in 1988; Rep. Gus Savage, accused of fondling a Peace Corps volunteer during a 1989 African tour; and Sen. Daniel Inouye, accused throughout the 1990s of sexual assault by various women. Then there are Reps. John Young, Wayne Hays and the ever affable Sen. Ted Kennedy -- all Democrats involved in sexual escapades under Democrat majorities, all of which went unpunished by their colleagues.
It's clear, then, that issues of sexual impropriety don't faze Democrats any more than do serious breaches of national security or selling cocaine from the House Post Office, as happened under the Democrats' watch in the late 1980s. They see Foley's folly only as a political opportunity to drive a stake through the heart of the Republican leadership four weeks before the midterm elections.
Update, October 11 2006 1:43am: I have a new post in response to the comment posted below.