Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Dennis Hastert: Future Uncertain

When John Fund starts saying things like this, GOP leaders had better listen:
GOP leaders ignore the anger building against their inaction at their peril. Maggie Gallagher, a conservative columnist, says it's true Democrats are engaged "in a transparently political and deeply despicable effort to confuse voters into believing that GOP leaders knew about and ignored sexually explicit emails." But she bluntly agrees that Democratic demagoguery is no excuse for the GOP failure to confront Mr. Foley. In her latest column, she called for accountability and for some of the responsible parties to resign "or come November, I vote to let the other side put their bums in charge."

The housecleaning should begin with those members of Speaker Hastert's staff who failed to act effectively against Mr. Foley. Speaker Hastert himself needs to recognize political reality and begin making preparations to vacate his chair as Speaker in favor of another Republican -- that is, if the GOP still has the majority after November.
(From Opinion Journal's Political Diary, a subscription service that is well worth the $3.95 monthly fee.)


Anonymous BlueBuffoon said...

This Republican is, to put not too fine a point on it, revulsed by the willingness of some Republicans and their supposed "friends" to play directly into the hands of the Democrats like this. I'm still with Hugh Hewitt on this. Moreover, forcing Hastert (of whom I'm not particularly a fan) out will not "solve" the Republicans' problem with the voters--or even the base. I can just see the inevitable Democratic ads if Hastert resigns. They'll be even more over the top than the one already being run by Democrat Patty Wetterling in Minnesota noted on Hugh Hewitt's blog (via Dean Barnett) here !

And, if the voters actually follow Maggie Gallagher's lead and helps put the "bums" in charge, so be it. The "stupid party" must resist the urge to cave in continually when under Democratic (and media) pressure, or it will just continue unabated. Isn't this the reason the President finally replaced his punching bag for a real press secretary? As Hugh advised after the Washington Times editorial, better to call the opponents on the political smearing and strike back.

Posted by BlueBuffoon

Wednesday, October 04, 2006 1:24:00 PM  
Anonymous BlueBuffoon said...

Drudge posted the link to this interesting run-down on some of the fingerprints on the Foley scandal as this year's October surprise. Bogus Blog with a Kos connection? Couldn't be possible from such upstanding people.

Posted by BlueBuffoon

Wednesday, October 04, 2006 4:13:00 PM  
Anonymous muttsy said...

I can't describe the pain I felt when I heard that John Fund had caved right into the Democrat's hand. Nothing will ever get me to vote for anyone who is not a Republican BUT I am so tired of the cluelessness of my partys leaders when it comes to containing the Democrats' slime. The interview Chris Wallace did with Bill Clinton hugely demonstrated what the liberals are all about- when challenged, Clinton showed his nasty, uncivilized "be right at all costs" side, and yet the Repubs weren't able to use that interview to their advantage. It is apparent that the Dems would love to have all conservative leaders resign over the Foley revelation, or any other of the liberal October surprises yet to come. Democrats are unable to honestly win votes. They are incapable of presenting themselves as decent human beings with real visions for our country. They play as dirty as they can. One example is the theory that the so-called religious right places itself above all others in the levels of morality and thus we deserve Repubs like Foley "to knock us down to earth". I never hear any Repubs anywhere act holier than thou- that is just another lie or mantra that libs put out there because they have little else to say. I would like to think that the common sense of Americans will hail in the Nov 2006 election butIam nervous. A Liberal take over of this country will be a disaster and must be prevented. How can our Republican leaders be made to get on top of this fight for the survival of America? 

Posted by muttsy

Wednesday, October 04, 2006 4:44:00 PM  
Anonymous DL said...

I love readig Maggie - but on this issue I must disagree. Maggie, like several other conservatives raises the moral issue of the Foley mess, as well the party of conservatives and family values must, but morality requires consideration of many things including doing the lesser of two evils. Having the "culture of death" the "pro-gay marriage" and "aid and abet the terrorists" party regain power is far more evil than letting Denny Hastert get away (temporarily - there is an investigation going on)with a judgment call that even liberal newpapers didn't think was a big deal. 

Posted by DL

Saturday, October 07, 2006 7:38:00 AM  

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