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Friday, October 06, 2006

Foley Gate DAY 7 Review

I though before leaving this issue to recap where we are at 7 days out from the start of this whole affair

Congressman Rodney Alexander of Louisiana-
To say the least, It has not gone unnotice by many of us Louisiana political nerds the irony that Rodney is involved in all this. Congressman ALexander infuriated many on the State and National level when he became a Republican. It is also known that Rodney Alexander is considering a run against Sen Mary Landrieu in 08. The key word is "considering" and nothing close even serious feelers by his people have been done to my knowledge.

Congressman Alexander's page in which he sponsered was of course the start of all this saga. Basically he,the page, was the one that recieved some emails(all non sexual in nature) forwarded to the staff with the end result being that Foley didn't contact the boy anymore. The reason he is so important is he is the only one that can tie Hastert and company in with the current scandal. Well of course the facts shows that the Alexander and Hastert acted properly. However because of a nationwide and quite it appears a state wide campaign to confuse this poor boy's emails with the "sex im's" ,that very well might have been a prank, this kid is going through unholy hell. I think it is safe to say the people of his district are pretty smart cookies and are seeing through these monkeyshines. The parents of the kid gave out a statement that says it best. As to Rodney Alexander part of the statement says:
We would like to express our support for our congressman, Rodney Alexander, whose office sponsored our son's position as a House page. As far as we know, Congressman Alexander's conduct in this matter has been beyond reproach. He has tried his best to do what we have asked him to do from the very beginning: Namely, to protect the privacy of our son and family from the intense media scrutiny we are now having to endure.
In the fall of 2005, as soon as Congressman Alexander became aware of the e-mails received by our son, he called us. He explained that his office had been made aware of these e-mails by our son and that while he thought the e-mails were overly friendly, he did not think, nor did we think, that they were offensive enough to warrant an investigation.
Rather, we asked him to see that Congressman Foley stop e-mailing or contacting our son and to otherwise drop the matter in order to avoid a media frenzy. He did so. If we had any other knowledge or evidence of potential impropriety, we would have asked for the matter to be treated differently. For instance, we were not aware of the instant messages that have come to light in the past few days.
These instant messages, which have only recently surfaced as a result of the news of the ambiguous e-mails received by our son, are separate matters

Well, I must say the family didn't have to do that but the fact they did it should give all the "Alexander Bashers" some pause.

Hastert and the attempted conservative Coup-
At the start of week, I was very concerned that a little coup was about to be successful again the current speaker of the house. After I wrote that post there appeared to be quite a gut check among the Republican Reps. This seems to have been aborted. To be honest in this entire affair the actions of some conservative groups and leaders in making the facts murky has been just as bad as their democrat counterparts. I hope people remember that and remeber who was on the front lines of engaging in such Machavillian behavior. At this point, I am not ready to absolve them all of perhaps being a part of this little affair. There are some troublesome questions I still have.

The Outing of closeted gay Republicans and others-
Likewise I think the media, the Dems, and the Repubs had a similar gut check and decided that perhaps this was a area we do not wish to tread. It would have been homosexuality today but something else tomorrow. The threats are still out there but I am sensing many of these groups are not going to be used by the's of the World for this radical and sick agenda. In effect , I think many people realized that this is pure and simple blackmail.

The importance of facts-
It seems definitions are changing on a daily basis. I am awaiting to hear the pharase "25 year old child" soon. It is becoming more apparent it is a sex scandal with no actual sex. That the "kids" were of legal age. And that "victims" might have been involved in book deals and now has hired a criminal defense lawyer for perhaps a prank gone awry. This is not to to absolve Foley of all guilt by any means. His conduct was wrong and it is proper he resigned. However, I think it is fair to say the picture we have today is much different that on monday of this week.

Political Fallout-
Impossible to say at this moment. It does appear that it is not as bad currently as was predicted just a few days ago for Republicans. I think we will not have a true indicator till early next week perhaps. At this point I am betting minimal impact nationwide. However, in this election cycle that might be enought ot change one or 2 seats which is in the whole scheme of things is a huge. But I think it is fair to say that liberals have misjudged the conservative electorate again because of ignorance. Yes even Evanglicals know there are gay republicans. Believe it or not that shall come as no shock to them. They will be out in force on election day , and they shall not be pulling the lever for the party of Pelosi.
Flopping Aces has a good recount of where we are at this moment. In that post he goes into this curious ex page in Oklahoma and his various relationships. A important read that gives clues to maybe how all this got started.

Because of my illiness, I have not been on the computer much. That means I have a lot of catching up on my blogroll to do. I shall attempt to do a "look at my blogroll" post tonight and share their thoughts on this as well as other matters.

I have not had a chance to visit amny of the folks on my blogroll but I see the Strata-Sphere is coming up on a lot the biggies
He has a great time line here, plus a great post on Crew and possibily doctored electronic communications here.

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