Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Foley Scandal: What Will Tomorrow Bring?

bumped again - update below. i'll be up early :-)

at some point in the next few days i hope to hear the words 'Hastert will be conducting a press conference at x hundred hours'
tpmm in full:
Foley Scandal: What Will Tomorrow Bring?

It's safe to say that Washington politicos are jittery tonight, shell-shocked from the revelations in the Mark Foley scandal that keep exploding all around them. The quiet gives them time to wonder: What will tomorrow bring?

For one, we're hearing that House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL), who's been heaped with scorn and blame over the scandal, is planning a press conference in Chicago tomorrow morning. No word on what he'll say, although speculation abounds that he may announce he's quitting his leadership post -- either now or after the elections.

Numerous press accounts have hinted that lawmakers besides Foley have engaged in untoward behavior with pages; anybody ready to go to print with what they've got?

Finally, the House ethics committee is reconvening tomorrow, in a special session to deal with the Foley mess. They're expected to approve an investigation of some sort. Folks from both sides of the aisle have called for a special prosecutor. Desperate to take some decisive action and quiet the angry criticism from within their own party, the GOP might encourage the committee to appoint one, rather than have the ethics panel investigate the matter on its own.

Update: Forgot to mention that at 2 p.m. Eastern, Washingtonpost.com will host a web discussion with Bryce Chitwood (that's really his name!), president of the 2002-2003 class of House pages. So you too can find out what it's like to chat online with a former page.



Superteemu said...

Cenk Uygur: "Hypocrisy doesn't quite do this justice. There needs to be a new word for it. Maybe, we should call it a "hastert." Usage: When the bank robber complained of getting mugged on his way out of the bank, the judge said the hastert of the complaint was too much to bear."

Chris said...

Ha! I wish to hear of a resignation soon as well, but I don't think a big ass bucket of greasy KFC chicken would get his ass out of that speakers chair (unless of course his Turkish pals were calling). I'm also wondering if there will be calls for Condi to resign for blatantly lying to the 9/11 Commission.

Miguel said...

I wish, oh I wish, Sibel had heard on wiretaps that Hastert had been provided young Turkish boys or girls in exchange for his vote on critical issues of importance to Turkey.

But the wiretaps ONLY indicate he took cash bribes. Not salacious enough to make it a 'scandal' for Puritan-run America...

LeeB said...

Miguel: "But the wiretaps ONLY indicate he took cash bribes. Not salacious enough to make it a 'scandal' for Puritan-run America..."

HA! I would say, "Not salacious to make it a GOP base voter-rebellion that would cost the GOP their power!" These bastards do not give a flying fig about the damage they do to children. Think Tom DeLay and the Marianas, child prostitution and forced abortions that they do not want discussed in this country.

lukery said...

miguel - i wouldnt be surprised if sibel knows some of the specifics of the blackmail - i suspect there are videos of one thing or other - perhaps only videos of him taking the cash, but videos none-the-less. a picture is worth a thousand words.

lukery said...

chris - the COndi things seems to be getting bigger and bigger. i'd love to hear from the Jersey Girls soon.