Friday, October 06, 2006

The Freaky Foley Column I Wish I'd Written

"THIS column is directed entirely to the sleazy, skuzzy, unprincipled and entirely Machiavellian Democratic political operative who helped design the careful plan resulting in the fingerprint-free leak of Mark Foley e-mails:


This whole Foley business is one of the most dazzling political plays in my or any other lifetime - like watching an unassisted triple play or a running back tossing a 90-yard touchdown pass on a double-reverse." --John Podhoretz in the NYPost, today.

The SECOND column I wish I'd written was Daniel Henninger's in the Wall Street Journal today:

It's hard to believe that the Foley/instant message/congressional-page/GOP meltdown story has run for a week. Other than the slaughter in Amish country, is anyone aware of anything else of note in the world that happened the past seven days? Dive deep enough beneath the Foley flotsam and you discover reports that North Korea may be preparing to conduct an underground nuclear test. China and South Korea are at this hour trying to forestall the Hermit Kingdom's nuke test and no doubt could use an expression of support and outrage from the American political establishment. Sorry, they're busy reading Congressman Foley's 1995 email traffic.

I actually did write a column this week about Foley, but I wrote it on Monday so it's somewhat dated. One point that is perhaps still worth mentioning from it:

First anti-Semitism, now homophobia? Democrats, please. Shamelessness is one thing, but demanding a homosexual witch hunt to out a gay Congressman?

Apparently Howard Dean has been replaced by Howard Stern.

When liberal institutions like Harvard welcomed anti-Semitic terror supporters like former President Khatami of Iran, I raised an eyebrow. I thought that was a job for the KKK, not the modern American Left.

Now Democrats are denouncing the GOP leadership for not assuming that any single man who e-mails teenaged boys must be both gay and a predator. "He was single, he was swishy and he was sending suspicious e-mails," Democrats complain. "Where was the lynch mob?"