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Well it may have been a few days early for both, but this and the Foley scandal can be though of as "mini October surprises."

As I said to someone last night, it's nice to see Satan working for the Democrats again.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Sun Oct 1st, 2006 at 02:31:20 AM EST
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I think the Foley surprise was intended to take the heat of the NIE and suspension of habeas corpus. He a bone to throw the dogs off the scent.

But nobody checked the depth of invovlement of other repugs and it's blown up out of control. I genuinely think this was a miscaluclation on the part of the WH.

Typical. They can have a war of choice, impoverish the US, suspend the separation of church and state, end habeas corpus. But what will bring them down is a minor senator chasing the tail of a 16 year old boy.

Sex. Every time.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Oct 1st, 2006 at 06:12:44 AM EST
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But we should be grateful for anything we can get at this point.

This will disgust the 30-35% of the base who don't do abstract thinking, and believe Habeas Corpus is something you can be arrested for in Tennessee.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Oct 1st, 2006 at 06:59:30 AM EST
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and believe Habeas Corpus is something you can be arrested for in Tennessee.

Now that's funny!

TeHe.

"When the abyss stares at me, it wets its pants." Brian Hopkins

by EricC on Sun Oct 1st, 2006 at 10:24:54 AM EST
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I think, to be fair, that evidence like this of a 54 year old politician chasing a 16 year old on the internet would be big news anywhere. It fits with "tabloid" definitions of news extremely well.
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sun Oct 1st, 2006 at 07:08:04 AM EST
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That's a fair asessment, and I think that you need an all-out assult by democratic politicians today.

"When did the Republican party leadership know about this and to what extent were they covering up these sick actions?"

This could easily be worth  a couple of point swing across the entire electorate before the november elections, (and on top of that there's a couple of other twists to be thrown at them closer to the election to keep it in the news and so discourage the GOP faithful from coming out to vote)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Oct 1st, 2006 at 09:59:50 AM EST
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I think the Foley surprise was intended to take the heat of the NIE and suspension of habeas corpus.

I disagree. Being a representative, Foley was automatically up for reelection this year. This scandal means one more safe republican seat in play in a tough election year. Plus, voters are a lot more likely to remember this than the gutting of habeus corpus.

My guess is that the script was for Foley to resign "for health reasons" after the election, leaving Gov. Bush free to appoint a replacement who's only politically bent.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Oct 1st, 2006 at 07:16:18 AM EST
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