Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Today's Cartoon: Florida Congressman Mark Foley Resigns Over Email Sex Scandal

Since when did "baby kissing" on the campaign trail, suddenly turn into sending them explicit emails and instant messages instead?

Personally, I think that Republicans are probably more disgusted over the fact that Florida Representative Mark Foley was wasting his efforts on somebody who was too young to vote; otherwise they could have easily dismissed the dirty messages as mere "campaign promises"... Something which politicians have never been known for keeping anyway ;)

What makes this even more disturbing is the fact that Congressman Foley served as the chairman on the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children and even introduced a failed bill to outlaw websites featuring "subjective images" of preteen children. So, it seems that while he presented himself as an outspoken opponent of child abuse; in a sense, what he was actually trying to do was use his position to protect children from people... like himself.

You know, it kind of makes me wonder if the Republican leadership already knew of Foley's "problem" ahead of time and thought he was still the best person for the job, possibly because they thought of him as a sort of "insider". I mean, who would know more about what it takes to protect children than someone from whom the children would need protecting from, right?

If security companies routinely enlist the expertise of criminals to improve their security systems, then perhaps the Republicans thought it would be alright for Congress to enlist the "expertise" of Mr. Foley to help them improve on theirs... However, unlike other security firms, the U.S. Congress is the only one that I can think of where they actually appoint these "consultants" to upper management positions.

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