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Thursday, October 05, 2006

This Would Explain a Lot

We haven't the time nor the stomach to attempt to organize, analyze, and catalogue all of the emails and IM's alleged to be involved in the Foley brouhaha. We thus have no basis for judging what part of that garbage storm would actually be explained by this report from Matt Drudge:

**World Exclusive**
**Must Credit the DRUDGE REPORT**

According to two people close to former congressional page Jordan Edmund, the now famous lurid AOL Instant Message exchanges that led to the resignation of Mark Foley were part of an online prank that by mistake got into the hands of enemy political operatives, the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal.

According to one Oklahoma source who knows the former page very well, Edmund, a conservative Republican, goaded an unwitting Foley to type embarrassing comments that were then shared with a small group of young Hill politicos. The prank went awry when the saved IM sessions got into the hands of political operatives favorable to Democrats.

The primary source, an ally of Edmund, adamantly proclaims that the former page is not a homosexual. The prank scenario was confirmed by a second associate of Edmund. Both are fearful that their political careers will be affected if they are publicly brought into the matter.

The news come on the heels that Edmund has hired former Timothy McVeigh attorney, Stephen Jones.

I know, I know: But how often is Drudge actually wrong about stuff like this, and how often is he instead just ahead of the curve, with not quite all of the details right?

Comments on "This Would Explain a Lot"


Blogger Hired Hand said ... (7:03 PM) : 

'Not quite all the details right' would be 'wrong.'

Just saying.


Blogger Hired Hand said ... (7:07 PM) : 

Furthermore, if this were true, how exactly would it 'explain' it? Surely you're not suggesting that Foley is somehow a victim in this.

That's our side's job - to suggest that true scumbags have actually been wronged in some way, and that this in some way excuses all their behavior.


Blogger Gentleman Farmer said ... (7:58 PM) : 

No! No! It wouldn't make Foley less of a scumbag, but it would help explain how he came to be transmitting such astonishingly unwise IM's. These guys led him on. The SOB must have thought he'd hit the toy boy jackpot!


Blogger Almost Ignatius J. said ... (8:54 PM) : 

three more pages have come forward today. by my count that makes at least 5.

that's a lot of leg-pulling.

so to speak.


Blogger Gentleman Farmer said ... (11:22 PM) : 

What one must consider is the circumstances which permit this sort of thing. First, Foley becomes an elected official. Then, although coming into contact daily with far more people than an ordinary person would, he never behaves in any way, nor says anything, that reveals this sort of behavior. Or, to the extent the the objects of his affection know of it, they don't reveal it to anyone else. And not all of that silence is the result of fear of Foley. Some is fear of exposure as well.

I do believe that there's quite enough slime here to go around, and to spatter Foley, some of the pages, their families, his collegues, his staff, the staff of other Members and committees, and so on and so on.

"Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out."


Blogger Almost Ignatius J. said ... (11:54 PM) : 

im sure that's some sort of bible quote or something.

i just hope we can take the senate.


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