30 September 2006

Raise the double standard

The John McCain Suspension of Habeas Corpus / Ignore the Geneva Conventions Bill was getting me down this morning, but suddenly things have turned around. From AP news:

In a scandal guaranteed to anger parents, a prominent House Republican has resigned after the revelation that he exchanged raunchy electronic messages with a teenage boy, a former congressional page.

Rep. Mark Foley, R-Florida, who is single, apologized Friday for letting down his family and constituents. […]

ABC News reported Friday that Foley also engaged in a series of sexually explicit instant messages with current and former pages, all male. In one message, ABC said, Foley wrote to one page, “Do I make you a little horny?”

In another message, Foley wrote, “You in your boxers, too? … Well, strip down and get relaxed.”

Foley, as chairman of the Missing and Exploited Children’s Caucus, had introduced legislation in July to protect children from exploitation by adults over the Internet. He also sponsored other legislation designed to protect minors from abuse and neglect.

“We track library books better than we do sexual predators,” Foley has said.

Wow. Even for a Republican, that’s pretty rich, and nothing gets my schadenfreude going like seeing someone nailed for rank hypocrisy.

Update: He’s a Scientologist. Jackpot!

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