ARC's 1st Law: As a "progressive" online discussion grows longer, the probability of a nefarious reference to Karl Rove approaches one

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Foleygate is Another Rovian Conspiracy

At least, according to The New Republic and these deranged DUers:



It seems increasingly clear that the GOP congressional leadership, eager for every safe incumbent in the House to run for re-election, looked the other way as evidence accumulated that Mark Foley had a thing for pages. Holding onto his seat became more important than confronting him over his extracurricular activities.

But there's more to the story of why Foley stood for re-election this year. Yesterday, a source close to Foley explained to THE NEW REPUBLIC that in early 2006 the congressman had all but decided to retire from the House and set up shop on K Street. "Mark's a friend of mine," says this source. "He told me, 'I'm thinking about getting out of it and becoming a lobbyist.'"

But when Foley's friend saw the Congressman again this spring, something had changed. To the source's surprise, Foley told him he would indeed be standing for re-election. What happened? Karl Rove intervened.

According to the source, Foley said he was being pressured by "the White House and Rove gang," who insisted that Foley run. If he didn't, Foley was told, it might impact his lobbying career.

"He said, 'The White House made it very clear I have to run,'" explains Foley's friend, adding that Foley told him that the White House promised that if Foley served for two more years it would "enhance his success" as a lobbyist. "I said, 'I thought you wanted out of this?' And he said, 'I do, but they're scared of losing the House and the thought of two years of Congressional hearings, so I have two more years of duty.'"

The White House declined a request for comment on the matter, but obviously the plan hasn't worked out quite as Rove hoped it would.

--Ryan Lizza
posted 08:35 a.m.

[Reactions from DU]
gasperc (1000+ posts)
Thu Oct-12-06 10:29 AM
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10. Let's push the hell out of the Rove angle

till we're blue in the face, the farther we push Rove in the corner the nastier he'll be, the nastier the more mistakes the lunatic will make.

Also, we add to the internal rage in the conservative movement about the cover up. And for Rove to insist that Foley run again throws gas on a raging fire

bklyncowgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Thu Oct-12-06 10:59 AM
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19. Rove would run Charles Manson if he thought he'd win the district

What did Rove know and when did he know it?

emrap Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Thu Oct-12-06 11:39 AM
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27. Great news...I have been waiting for Rove's name

to enter this story. Rove knew all about Foley's sexual history...and he blackmailed him into staying in Congress so the repugs could keep the House and not face Justice.

Scream it from the rooftops! This is campaign season and we gotta win so to keep our Democracy!

Tell Keith Olbermann!!!

Thx kpete!

That evil genius, Rove... could've run almost any republican in the district and won, but instead decided to stick it out with a guy who had some interest in sending IMs to male pages.

I think these guys have seen too much bumbling from Democratic strategists to recognize that this just doesn't make sense.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Comments (1)
George said...

That sounds exactly like this clip from South Park, as posted on Hot Air: