The Washington Times has called for Hasfert to resign. Bay Buchanan is furious and wants someone’s head on a pike. The right wing of the GOP is enraged by the Foley scandal and the by now obvious cover-up that’s been going on for years.
The Wall Street Journal tried to slime an excuse – Republicans didn’t want to offend gays hence their silence on Foley. Yeah right, like the right wing bigots in Congressional leadership care much about that particular constituency.
Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-NY) is massively damaged by this. He’s the chair of the RNCC and will probably not be re-elected. His chief of staff is directly linked to the cover-up, and Reynolds has been remarkably bone-headed in handling this.
That’s what’s fascinating here, the reaction of Republicans has been unbelievably stupid and mismanaged. They’re accusing each other of lying, changing stories, and there’s been none of the usual calculated evasions one usually finds in situations like that. Instead, they are running scared. Why?
There must to be more to this than we know. Else why the terrified and bumbling response of the neocons who generally are polished and skilled liars. Yet now, every time they open their mouths, they make it worse. Maybe Foley’s not the only one.
Some hard right blogs say this was a conspiracy, that forces unknown sprang this right before the election quite deliberately in hopes of destroying Republican chances to hold on to both houses. I say, it’s no conspiracy at all, that quite obviously, that’s precisely what’s happened. Considering the petrified response from Republicans, this particular heat-seeking missile may have multiple warheads. and we’ve only seen the first few detonations.
AmericaBlog and TPMMuckraker have massive, excellent coverage as does conservative gay columnist Andrew Sullivan (who renounced Bush et al a while back.)