Friday, October 06, 2006

I back these guys, by crikey!

So a last little bit about "the Foley matter":

As Eugene Robinson puts it in today's WaPo [opedpage,ofcourse], noting how the warning signs were out and out and out:

the inaction of House leaders is just about impossible to explain -- either they ignored the situation, which would be an act of stunning cynicism, or they genuinely didn't know about it, which would suggest woeful incompetence. Not an attractive choice of stories to tell for a party that preaches so much about moral standards and personal responsibility. . .

How refreshing would that fictional speech by Dennis Hastert be?

I'm stepping down as Speaker of the House; I'll seek reelection, but not as a party leader or as a House leader. And I apologize -- not only to the men and women of this country, and the pages for whom I was reponsible -- and who suffered further indignities and pain because of me -- but I apologize to this august House as well.

I want to make a difference -- and I see now that I became part of the problem, not part of the solution. I'm a good man, but somewhere my idea that "wanting to do good" meant that I had to prop myself up, and prop up my colleagues in leadership, became opporessive and overtook my common sense and character. So, when Tom Delay showed a ruthless and cynical lack of ethics, I abdicated my responsibilities, and went after the ethical men who noted his bad behaviour and might have done something to change it. When the President went awry, I went silent. And when I learned that a Congressman was chasing young pages, for whom this House was responsible, and by extension for whom I was reponsible -- I looked for an out-of-the-way diocese in which to . . .oh; that's not right.

Oh, yeah; I asked him to cut it the eff out, and get back to the business of screwing America. Or maybe I asked him to cut it out; I don't really remember.

And this wasn't personally responsible. It was wrong. My party must change, or the American people will suffer untold harm.

Yeah; that's gonna happen . . .


Anonymous Mister Parker said...

From a purely political standpoint (not to mention a moral or ethical standpoint), such a speech is Hastert's last best option. Every day he remains as Speaker of the House is another day this is a big story.

In any event, he's done. If he stays, this is going to play out in one of three ways. Either the Republicans boot him the next time the House is in session (the lame duck session after the election) or he loses the vote to be Speaker when the new Congress convenes (assuming the Republicans hold the House) or the Democrats retake the House and he's no longer Speaker by default. But the notion that he can somehow survive as Speaker of the next Congress is, to me, ludicrous.

Friday, October 06, 2006 11:12:00 am  
Anonymous Mister Parker said...

By the way, what exactly does a politician mean when he says "I take full responsibility but I'm not going to step down" i.e., I take full responsibility but none of the consequences.

I mean, I know what he actually means, which is "I don't take any responsibility at all, now go away" but what does he think I'm supposed to think it means?

Friday, October 06, 2006 11:16:00 am  

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