* brithume on hastert:
'at some point in these scandals, the facts dont even matter any more, they just have to get rid of someone big regardless'Hastert is toast.
"Also, I want to know what Karl Rove's advice has been. There's no way Rove and Mehlman haven't been weighing in....what have the White House and RNC been telling their pals on the Hill?"* cannon has more of Fox calling Foley a Dem.
"Like Digby, I feel that as sickening as it is to learn all the ways that Republicans covered up for Foley, and as reprehensible as all sexual exploitation of minors by adults is by Foley or anyone else, the truly outrageous national scandals perpetrated by the modern American rightwing are the rape of the US Constitution; the disgraceful neglect of the citizenry epitomized by 9/11 and Katrina; and perhaps most dramatically tragic, the unspeakable stupidity and madness of the war in Iraq and the utter failure of the Afghanistan war."
* Drum hears rumours that there might be two more Republican congresscritters involved with pages.
"Here's the thing: Hastert and the GOP need to lead at least an entire news cycle to shift the momentum of the story. They're already walking wounded; as just one example, MSNBC is reporting Hastert has canceled all of his fundraising appearances for the next two weeks. They need a solid day of good press. I don't know if they'll get it; but this is basically their one chance.* one thing that i'm bamboozled about is why hastert delayed his news conference for 90 mins after the scheduled time. fox had 90 mins straight on the topic. what the hell is that about?
The press is already acting a little wary. But to make things worse, we understand that there are other revelations about lawmakers' misbehavior with pages waiting to erupt. Other members, other pages, other scenarios that haven't become public. If any of that dirt breaks in the next 24 hours -- well, it would most likely blow a hole through the GOP message that they've got the situation under control, and start a whole new wave of what-did-they-know, when-did-they-know-it. And it will be even less enjoyable than the first round.
On the flip side, if Hastert and the GOP controls the cycle through tomorrow and into the weekend, they might hang on. I don't know if they could undo the damage of the last week, but it might not be the catastrophe some have predicted."
please hang on denny. 3 more days oughtta do it.