Sooooo… that whole Mark Foley getting nasty with the underage Congressional pages thing? Apparently the nation’s ire is aimed at the wrong target. According to
internet douchebag non-partisan commentator Matt Drudge, it was the fault of the pages themselves.
And if anything, these kids are less innocent — these 16 and 17 year-old beasts…and I’ve seen what they’re doing on YouTube and I’ve seen what they’re doing all over the Internet — oh yeah — you just have to tune into any part of their pop culture. You’re not going to tell me these are innocent babies. Have you read the transcripts that ABC posted going into the weekend of these instant messages, back and forth? The kids are egging the Congressman on! The kids are trying to get this out of him. We haven’t got the whole story on this.
Nice. Yes, Matt. We all know that those poor, innocent stewards of our nation are all at the mercy of teenage provacateurs. I mean, really. Does Drudge have any idea just how skewed the power is in a page/representative relationship?
Oh, and don’t take Firedoglake’s word for it. You can listen to the clips yourself.
I’ll admit to being more than a little fascinated by this whole ordeal. For one, I’m curious as to how Dennis Hastert is going to deflect the criticism that they didn’t address this issue a year ago (when it was first brought to Republican leadership’s attention), but I’m equally curious as to how the Democratic leadership will use this issue in the run-up to November. For one, I can’t see many ways to capitalize on the affair without resorting to a rather base (and repugnant) pandering to homophobia. I wonder: would the outrage be more or less if the pages were 15 and 16 year old girls? That Foley may or may not be homosexual isn’t the issue, as it most assuredly should not be. The question should be ‘Who knew this [improper relations with underage pages of any sex] was going on, and when did they know it?’.
What’s really sickening about the whole mess is that, unlike the much more deserving Abramoff scandal, this’ll probably result in sweeping legislative action and oversight.
Sorry, folks. The closer we get to November, the harder it is to restrain my near limitless rage over the state of our nation’s political processes (as I’m sure long-time readers will remember from 2004). Since I’m currently in Ohio, it can only get worse.