The march of Foley
One of the most amazing spectacles in modern public life is the sight of high officials and celebrities seeking redemption in rehabilitation clinics, that contemporary replacement for the confessional.
Former Republican Rep. Mark Foley, under FBI investigation for sending sexually explicit Internet messages to underage male congressional pages, reportedly checked into an alcohol rehabilitation facility over the weekend after resigning from Congress on Friday.
House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois, responding to questions about what and when Republican leaders learned about the scandal, strongly denied knowing the explicit sexual nature of Foley's messages until they surfaced on Friday.
He picked the wrong time to dry out. If ever there was a time to hit the bottle, this is it. But maybe he needs to be sober to write the Book, the one that will inevitably sell a million copies. And Speaker Hastert may have a few wicked things coming his way, too. The Drudge Report says it has an advance copy of a Washington Times editorial calling on Hastert to resign.
WASHINGTON TIMES ON TUESDAY WILL CALL FOR SPEAKER HASTERT'S RESIGNATION, NEWSROOM SOURCES TELL DRUDGE... DEVELOPING... Editorial titled: 'Resign, Mr. Speaker': 'House Speaker Dennis Hastert must do the only right thing, and resign his speakership at once... Mr. Hastert has forfeited the confidence of the public and his party, and he cannot preside over the necessary coming investigation, an investigation that must examine his own inept performance'... -- Washington Times, October 3, 2006...
These are the moments when one wonders what value the words "Congressional Oversight" have -- that magic formula designed to protect the Public from intelligence failures -- an then realize by what slender margins civilization survives from one day to the next.