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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Captain Renault and Nancy Pelosi: Both shocked, shocked!

Seems that in the rush to see's who can pile on Rep. Foley, the left wing had best stop trying to run the bases too fast. Recently I remarked to a holier than thou lefty acquaintance of mine who remarked on all the right wing ethical lapses that he best remember that our ethical lapses resign and then go to trial and to jail if found guilty. I then said your ethical lapses stay on in office and then run for office, usually President.
Investors Business Daily well points out that the Democrats support and tolerate Rep. Foley's behavior...that is unless a Republican does it:

"In 1983, then-Democratic Rep. Gerry Studds of Massachusetts was caught in a similar situation. In his case, Studds had sex with a male teenage page -- something Foley hasn't been charged with.

Did Studds express contrition? Resign? Quite the contrary. He rejected Congress' censure of him and continued to represent his district until his retirement in 1996.

In 1989, Rep. Barney Frank (news, bio, voting record), also of Massachusetts, admitted he'd lived with Steve Gobie, a male prostitute who ran a gay sex-for-hire ring out of Frank's apartment. Frank, it was later discovered, used his position to fix 33 parking tickets for Gobie.

What happened to Frank? The House voted 408-18 to reprimand him -- a slap on the wrist. Today he's an honored Democratic member of Congress, much in demand as a speaker and "conscience of the party."

In 2001, President Clinton, who had his own intern problem, commuted the prison sentence of Illinois Rep. Mel Reynolds, who had sex with a 16-year-old campaign volunteer and pressured her to lie about it. (Reynolds also was convicted of campaign spending violations.)"

The fact that the timing of this disclosure doesn't even come close to passing the smell test speaks volumes about the one who released it. The information is months to over a year old. So, whoever hung on to it was putting other young people at risk just to gain a political gotcha. That's the real story here.


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