· Remember the heads up that Republican talking points were going to include a "gay cabal" that enabled disgraced Congressman Mark Foley? And the House leadership did not aggressively investigate for fear of being accused of "gay bashing"?
As three more pages step forward to accuse Foley of sexual advances, that ridiculous gay conspiracy theory was introduced to tens of millions of people on Katie Couric’s CBS Evening News. Family Research Council president Tony Perkins offered an incendiary soundbite that suggested House leadership was “afraid to stand up to that network” of gay GOP staffers. Republican congressman afraid of a few queens? Right. (Video @ Think Progress)
· Speaker Dennis Hastert had his big day and accomplished very little—besides announcing an inquiry into the page program (umm, it's not the problem) and his continued insistence upon blaming ABC News and the Democrats for everything, the vast liberal conspiracy. "I saw Bill Clinton's adviser, Richard Morris, was saying these guys knew about this all along, If somebody had this info, when they had it, we could have dealt with it then."
That's right, when all else fails, blame Bill Clinton even though ABC has steadfastly maintained its top sources were Repuiblicans, and, the House leadership is squarely to blame. However, new reports say that Hastert was told to cut the conspiracy talk. (via TPM)
· Okay. We've blamed the gays and blamed the Clintons. Now let's blame the victims. John Aravosis uploads an email from House Majority leader John Boehner that suggests shifting blame to the pages will be a new talking point:
· Rush Limbaugh leads the charge by saying the Foley emails and IMs were examples of “young kids” who like to “make fun of gay people.” Rush’s evidence—as a childhood prank, he used to order refrigerators over the phone for adults whom he thought were “odd or weird."
· Think Progress documents Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit—probably the most highly-trafficked right-wing blog—facilitated the outing of one of the former pages, later named on CNN.
· Others say the pages were practically begging for it. Rep. Chris Cannon (R-UT) to KSL Radio's Nightside: "These kids are actually precocious kids. It looks like uh, maybe this one email is a prank where you had a bunch of kids sitting [around] egging this guy on. Frankly, this is the responsibility of the parents. If you get online you may find creepy people who will do and say creepy things – avoid them.” Listen to Cannon's entire rant here. (via Josh Marshall)
BTW: Rep. Chris Cannon's close financial relationship with his lobbyist brother has earned him a top spot on a list of the "most corrupt" members of Congress.
Foley, Gay Republicans, And The List (CBS/Public Eye)
Boehner and Hastert Blame the Children (Americablog)
Media Continues to Repeat Hastert's Claim (Media Matters)
Limbaugh Blames Pages (Think Progress)
CBS Reports ‘Gay Cabal’ Theory (Think Progress)
Previously:GOP "Attack Dog" Outed (Rod 2.0) Foley Latest: Blame it on the Gays (Rod 2.0) Vast "Liberal Conspiracy" (Rod 2.0) Repubs Wanted to Avoid "Gay Bashing" (Rod 2.0) GOP Leaders in Foley Cover-Up (Rod 2.0) Congressman Resigns (Rod 2.0) GOP Rep. Emails 16 YO Boy (Rod 2.0)