Forget the nukes in N. Korea, the worst month in Iraq since Fallujah, killer vegetables, the Yankees expulsion from the playoffs, and the suspiciously warm Autumn temps. It's still Foley time.
The latest "things" are that Republican Jim Kolbe of Arizona knew about Foley's communications 6 years ago but handled the matter privately, while evidence piles up that Hastert is lying, and that Kirk Fordham, who claimed to have told Hastert's chief of staff about Foley's emails several months ago, was telling the truth. And then there's the statement by a former page that finally takes the scandal from the computer to the bedroom.
Republican efforts to turn the tables and claim that the Democrats have anything whatever to do with this scandal are so egregious even Wolf Blitzer had to confront Rep Patrick McHenry (R-NC) on his contention that the Dems timed the release of this information (contradicting ABC's official statements to the contrary). Via ThinkProgress:
BLITZER: Do you have any evidence at all that Democrats or others might have been behind the timing of this scandal?
MCHENRY: Look, letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s be honestÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
BLITZER: Do you have any evidence to back that charge up?
MCHENRY: No, no, actually, if the Democrats had any issue with saying this, putting all the facts out on the table, they would say, certainly, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll testify under oath that I had no involvement in it. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve said no.
BLITZER: Well, you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have any evidence, though, right?
MCHENRY: Well, look at the fact points.
BLITZER: Yes or no, do you have any evidence, Congressman?
MCHENRY: Do you have any evidence that they werenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t involved?
BLITZER: IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m just asking if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re just throwing out an accusation or if you have any hard evidence.General J.C. Christian has the most humorous rundown on efforts to paint the GOP as victims. Here's a sample:
Victim: Mark Foley
Claim: Foley preyed on young House pages, grooming them to be his sexual partners and sending them sexually explicit messages.
The villains: The pages (identified by Drudge and InstaGilbert).
How they did it: The pages used a combination of homo-mojo and the siren-like allure of their manly bulges to bewitch Foley, forcing him to take an interest in the length of their little soldiers and the ways in which they pat their robertsons.