Monday, October 02, 2006

Foley-ing: When "Hypocrit" Just Isn't Strong Enough

There's got to be a word for this. "Hypocrit" just isn't quite strong enough.

"Hypocrit" is when someone bitches about bad drivers just before executing a triple-lane change and cutting off two other drivers.

No, I'm thinking we need something bigger. Say, for instance when a gay-bashing reverend turns out to be gay himself. When an infamous anti-Semite turns out to be 100% Jewish. Or when the co-chair of the Congressional Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus winds up being prosecuted under laws he helped write because he tried to twiddle 16 year-old boys. Don't forget that he also criticized Clinton openly for sexual piccadillos:

"It's vile. It's more sad than anything else, to see someone with such potential throw it all down the drain because of a sexual addiction." -- Mark Foley, R-West Palm Beach, September 12, 1998, referring to Bill Clinton in the St. Petersburg Times.

But yur honor - he looked 17!

Does 'hypocrisy' cover the Republican leadership that knew about his issue for almost a year without doing anything to protect the young page?

Say what you will about Monicagate, but at least Monica was

- legal
- the opposite sex

Another thing: Since when did alcohol rehab begin addressing the desire for gay sex with minors? Who knew that homosexuality was really just a by-product of a drinking problem? Or as TTS points out, anti-Semitism as well. Compared to his other problems, perhaps Foley considers pedophilia just a minor issue! Badda-bing!

I must give Foley credit for one thing: he didn't fight the allegations, like many politicians would have. He did have the good grace to quickly admit to wrongdoing and resign. This is at least a modest show of integrity when many other congressmen (Delay, fight to the last.
[ Update (3 Oct 06): I may have to backtrack on this one. Foley's now blaming his problem on (unspecified religion) sexual abuse.]

More examples (of the congressional pedophilia, not the bad humor) here and here.

If you're like me and could use some (more bad) humor regarding this situation, try Simply Left Behind.

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