Well, the Washington Times has thrown us all a curve ball, and has called for the resignation of House Speaker Dennis Hastert (read their editorial in-full here:link). Now, you couldn't exactly characterize the Washington Times as the mortal enemy of people like Speaker Hastert. To say they are conservative in their political philosophy is an understatement along the lines of suggestion that it's possible that Mark Foley might be kind of a creep. The former Florida Congressman is, in the words of the Times, aberrant, predatory and possibly criminal. And the Times burns effigies of the Clinton's each day in a morning ritual.
Okay, they probably don't, but read the rest of their paper -- it's not that hard to imagine.
You know that we don't usually post on the biggest news of the day. It's not what we do, really. We prefer to comment on the back stories that no one else has seen, or at least not many people. It means we're not the most popular blog out there, but whatever.
But this deal with Foley might prove to be the final undoing of Congressional Republicans who swept into power under the Stewardship of Evil, New Gingrich and Company. We hope the Republicans lose, and lose bad in November, but not for this reason alone.
And in the meantime, maybe we'll actually be citing the Washington Times to friends and neighbors. After all, there's no denying that they got it right:
House Speaker Dennis Hastert must do the only right thing, and resign
his speakership at once. Either he was grossly negligent for not taking
the red flags fully into account and ordering a swift investigation,
for not even remembering the order of events leading up to last week's
revelations -- or he deliberately looked the other way in hopes that a
brewing scandal would simply blow away. He gave phony answers Friday to
the old and ever-relevant questions of what did he know and when did he
know it? Mr. Hastert has forfeited the confidence of the public and his
party, and he cannot preside over the necessary coming investigation,
an investigation that must examine his own inept performance.
Will Hastert resign? Doubtful. But we don't doubt for a minute that he -- and Congressional Republicans -- have "forfeited the confidence of the public." Good riddance. ts