This is insane. The GOP leadership doesn't know how to deal with the Foley scandal or the ridiculously false portrayal they've received in the media as a result, when all they need to do is to simply state the truth. One thing is clear. No GOP leaders or anyone other than Foley and possibly ABC News knew anything about the IMs until the story broke nationally. The leadership's sole knowledge of the case boiled down to bland emails that news organizations and the page's own parents had seen months ago found possibly disturbing, but agreed that they had crossed no line.
So why are the Washington Times and Roy Blunt not saying exactly that? Furthermore, neither Boehner nor Hastert himself are defending themselves when all they'd need to do would be to state the obvious. They're allowing Democrats to lie and skew the situation as if this were something Hastert should have known about. They give the public the impression that Hastert was in on a pedophilia cover up and did nothing to stop it.
It's really unbelievable. Bloggers spend much time defending the White House and Republican policies by stating the obvious. But when put to the task the GOP Leadership somehow can't to do it for themselves.
This isn't the first time we've seen this situation. When it comes to the Iraq War all the White House needs to do is to remind the people of the UN weapons reports documenting every weapon Saddam had in 1991 and the paltry few he destroyed. Hiding them is not the same as not having access to them and on that information alone it would have been an impeachable offense not to have acted. In fact, anyone who's When it came to Katrina all the White House had to do was again tell the truth, Gov. Blanco (D-LA) had asked for a 48 hour delay, Brown was demanding that proper resources be used from the beginning and even after all that it was still the fastest response the Federal Government ever deployed to a disaster area. Brown may have messed up in media interviews because he was focused on doing the job in the here and now but it was clear that he was achieving, even while rioters and looters were shooting at rescue helicopters. But instead of rightly accusing Democrats of politicizing a tragic disaster, they apologize.
Maybe Roy Blunt thinks the baseless targeting of the GOP leadership will go away if they just acquiesce to the media's ramblings a few more days and agree to have committed some impropriety when they knew nothing that could have been acted on. If not then it's he, not Hastert, who needs to resign his leadership post for being an ineffective communicator. The Democrats' attack on Hastert for not being Miss Cleo or having a crystal ball and the attempts by their media cohorts to confuse the issue by refusing to differentiate between bland emails and the Instant Messages speaks volumes about the lengths the Democrats go to confuse, manipulate, defame and destroy anyone who doesn't share their world views. Why is no one calling them on it? Why is the GOP, which have been so effective at governing in many areas, so ineffective at conveying their position when all they need to do so is to simply point out the truth?