Just a little half sized rant.
There's something seamy about the way everybody's jumped on this Mark Foley business and I don't just mean IM"s to underaged pages. That's bad enough.
But everybody has jumped on this situation like white on rice. Or stink on you know what. It's as if it's "yippee, now we have another excuse not to deal with Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and the rest of the whole sorry mess." Frankly, suspiscious little paraoid that I am, part of me wouldn't put the original leak past Karl Rove. After all, this is guy who was accused of bugging his own office during Bush's run for governor, "discovering: the bugs, calling the cops and blaming it on the Democrats. If he did, it certainly pushed the war and everythng off the front page, but backfired big time. Now we're stuck in a twisted dance as each side tries to out do the other in dredging up old scandals.
The posts are interesting if only for the work put into compiling lists of politicians from both sides who've stepped over the moral line over the past thirty or forty years. Time better spent on a lot of other things, frankly. Of course that's just my own opinion.
And to borrow the ending from Garrison Keillors column today. It's a take off on a poem of Robert Frost.. Keillor's version "The woods are lovely, dark and thick. But I have lots of butts to kick and some to poke and just one stick."