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Re: [prezveepsenator] Re: Washington Times: Resign, Mr. Speaker

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  • THOMAS JOHNSON
    Let s not forget that in the last week or so, we ve had the NIE and the Woodward book debunking almost every claim that Bush et all have made regarding what a
    Message 1 of 4 , Oct 3 3:27 PM
      Let's not forget that in the last week or so, we've
      had the NIE and the Woodward book debunking almost
      every claim that Bush et all have made regarding what
      a great job they are doing on the war on terror.

      --- Ram Lau <ramlau@...> wrote:

      > Matthews just compared the recent events to the last
      > days of the Roman
      > empire. He must still feel sore about his vote for
      > Bush back in 2000.
      >
      > Ram
      >
      >
      > --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, THOMAS
      > JOHNSON <AVRCRDNG@...>
      > wrote:
      > >
      > > For once I agree with the Times.. The Repub
      > leadership
      > > left a gay pedophile in the position to prey on
      > > children rather than risk giving up any of their
      > > power. Tomorrow we will learn that Foley donated
      > > $100,000 to Repub party when his behavior came to
      > the
      > > attention of the leadership. I've gained respect
      > for
      > > the Times today.
      > >
      > > Tom
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > >
      > >
      >
      http://washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20061002-102008-9058r.htm
      > > >
      > > > Resign, Mr. Speaker
      > > >
      > > > TODAY'S EDITORIAL
      > > > October 3, 2006
      > > >
      > > > The facts of the disgrace of Mark Foley, who was
      > a
      > > > Republican member of the House from a Florida
      > > > district
      > > > until he resigned last week, constitute a
      > disgrace
      > > > for
      > > > every Republican member of Congress. Red flags
      > > > emerged
      > > > in late 2005, perhaps even earlier, in
      > suggestive
      > > > and
      > > > wholly inappropriate e-mail messages to underage
      > > > congressional pages. His aberrant, predatory --
      > and
      > > > possibly criminal -- behavior was an open secret
      > > > among
      > > > the pages who were his prey. The evidence was
      > strong
      > > > enough long enough ago that the speaker should
      > have
      > > > relieved Mr. Foley of his committee
      > responsibilities
      > > > contingent on a full investigation to learn what
      > had
      > > > taken place, whether any laws had been violated
      > and
      > > > what action, up to and including prosecution,
      > were
      > > > warranted by the facts. This never happened.
      > > > Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois, the
      > Republican
      > > > chairman of the House Page Board, said he
      > learned
      > > > about the Foley e-mail messages "in late 2005."
      > Rep.
      > > > John Boehner of Ohio, the leader of the
      > Republican
      > > > majority, said he was informed of the e-mail
      > > > messages
      > > > earlier this year. On Friday, Mr. Hastert
      > > > dissembled,
      > > > to put it charitably, before conceding that he,
      > too,
      > > > learned about the e-mail messages sometime
      > earlier
      > > > this year. Late yesterday afternoon, Mr. Hastert
      > > > insisted that he learned of the most flagrant
      > > > instant-message exchange from 2003 only last
      > Friday,
      > > > when it was reported by ABC News. This is
      > > > irrelevant.
      > > > The original e-mail messages were warning enough
      > > > that
      > > > a predator -- and, incredibly, the co-chairman
      > of
      > > > the
      > > > House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children
      > --
      > > > could be prowling the halls of Congress. The
      > matter
      > > > wasn't pursued aggressively. It was barely
      > pursued
      > > > at
      > > > all. Moreover, all available evidence suggests
      > that
      > > > the Republican leadership did not share anything
      > > > related to this matter with any Democrat.
      > > > Now the scandal must unfold on the front
      > pages
      > > > of
      > > > the newspapers and on the television screens, as
      > > > transcripts of lewd messages emerge and doubts
      > are
      > > > rightly raised about the forthrightness of the
      > > > Republican stewards of the 109th Congress. Some
      > > > Democrats are attempting to make this "a
      > Republican
      > > > scandal," and they shouldn't; Democrats have
      > > > contributed more than their share of characters
      > in
      > > > the
      > > > tawdry history of congressional sexual scandals.
      > > > Sexual predators come in all shapes, sizes and
      > > > partisan hues, in institutions within and
      > without
      > > > government. When predators are found they must
      > be
      > > > dealt with, forcefully and swiftly. This time
      > the
      > > > offender is a Republican, and Republicans can't
      > > > simply
      > > > "get ahead" of the scandal by competing to make
      > the
      > > > most noise in calls for a full investigation.
      > The
      > > > time
      > > > for that is long past.
      > > > House Speaker Dennis Hastert must do the
      > only
      > > > right thing, and resign his speakership at once.
      > > > Either he was grossly negligent for not taking
      > the
      > > > red
      > > > flags fully into account and ordering a swift
      > > > investigation, for not even remembering the
      > order of
      > > > events leading up to last week's revelations --
      > or
      > > > he
      > > > deliberately looked the other way in hopes that
      > a
      > > > brewing scandal would simply blow away. He gave
      > > > phony
      > > > answers Friday to the old and ever-relevant
      > > > questions
      > > > of what did he know and when did he know it? Mr.
      > > > Hastert has forfeited the confidence of the
      > public
      > > > and
      > > > his party, and he cannot preside over the
      > necessary
      > > > coming investigation, an investigation that must
      > > > examine his own inept performance.
      > > > A special, one-day congressional session
      > should
      > > > elect a successor. We nominate Rep. Henry Hyde,
      > also
      > > > of Illinois, the chairman of the House
      > International
      > > > Relations Committee whose approaching retirement
      > > > ensures that he has no dog in this fight. He has
      > a
      > > > long and principled career, and is respected on
      > both
      > > > sides of the aisle. Mr. Hyde would preside over
      > the
      > > > remaining three months of the 109th Congress in
      > a
      > > > manner best suited for a full and exhaustive
      > > > investigation until a new speaker for the 110th
      > > > Congress is elected in January, who can assume
      > > > responsibility for the investigation.
      > > >
      > >
      >
      >
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