I hate to say this, but the Dems, the MSM, and the nutroots are really pushing too hard on Foleygate.
While the revelations are disturbing to me and may have a significant political impact on the very base that delivered the Presidency twice to W, there are more important things going on in the world than some nasty 3 year old instant messages which were revealed to the GOP and the public for the first time in the past week....
Serially*... check out this article from Daniel Henninger at Opinion Journal:
It's hard to believe that the Foley/instant message/congressional-page/GOP meltdown story has run for a week. Other than the slaughter in Amish country, is anyone aware of anything else of note in the world that happened the past seven days? Dive deep enough beneath the Foley flotsam and you discover reports that North Korea may be preparing to conduct an underground nuclear test. China and South Korea are at this hour trying to forestall the Hermit Kingdom's nuke test and no doubt could use an expression of support and outrage from the American political establishment. Sorry, they're busy reading Congressman Foley's 1995 email traffic.
We see also where Europe's envoy to Iran, Javier Solana, threw in the towel after "endless hours" of talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who on Wednesday told a crowd screaming "Death to America" that sanctions wouldn't stop Iran from enriching uranium. Whatever. The big news in Washington yesterday morning was that the House Ethics Committee sat down "behind closed doors" to think about Mark Foley.
We know when we're beaten. Bowing to the gods of the news cycle, let us undertake the great questions of the moment. Where does post-modern American ethics place Mark Foley's homosexuality on a scale of 1 to 10--a 1 being just another gay guy and a 10 being a compulsive, predatory sex offender? What might fall in between seems to have confused Denny Hastert, two newspapers, one TV network and the FBI. In the event, Mr. Hastert, as the point man, is being driven from office for having failed, in hindsight, to recognize the obvious.
Perhaps this whole Foleygate thing is some weird desire to return to the pre-9/11 era, when sex scandals were king and required laser-like focus... meanwhile, our enemies abroad and within the US covertly planned and plotted the deaths of thousands.
I thought 9/11 had changed everything... but, apparently the f-ing "bubble" that is the New York and Washington, DC media establishment cannot be pierced or changed by anything.
ARC: St Wendeler