Saturday, September 30, 2006

The news cycle for at least the next two weeks

House Majority Leader Boehner, Speaker of the House Hastert, and NRCC chairman Reynolds may now be in a position where they're asked to resign. From the New York Times:
Top House Republicans knew for months about e-mail traffic between Representative Mark Foley and a former teenage page, but kept the matter secret and allowed Mr. Foley to remain head of a Congressional caucus on children’s issues, Republican lawmakers said Saturday.
This is not going away. Says Christopher Shays (R.-Conn.):
If they knew or should have known the extent of this problem, they should not serve in leadership.
And I should add, for those of you who say this is just politics, even if the Democrats had pushed this story to come out on Friday of all days, right at the end of this Congress, does it absolve the GOP leadership of their responsibility to have policed their own caucus? No, it doesn't.

This is where politics over ethics and policy leads us. Let's kick the bums out.


Daniel said...

They're not going to resign. The Republican Party will rally 'round them, stall until an investigation is under way and then claim privelege, and they'll wait till it has blown over. They'll say that Foley is a deviant and not representative of the Republican Party and throw him to the wolves, but they won't let anyone else be implicated. And the American people don't have the attention span to continue to demand justice long enough to get it, the Republlican Party can just out wait them.

Matt said...

I hate to seem irrationally exuberant, but I disagree. This is going to play long. Resignations have already begun (Reynolds' chief of staff, for instance). More will come out at Fordham (the CofS) starts lawyering up and publicly setting up his defense.