Mark Foley`s Oprah Defense
Like all such scandals, the matter
of Mark Foley and his lurid valentines to congressional
pages is instructive for what it reveals, and not just
about Foley, but about his party, its leaders and us.
Having checked in to "rehab,"
after it was revealed that he had written salacious
e-mails and instant messages to pages, Foley shoved his
lawyer out front to say he was an alcoholic, gay and had
been abused by a clergyman as a boy.
What is Foley up to?
Rather than speak directly to the
charge against him—that he is a homosexual with the hots
for teenage boys—Foley`s lawyer is entering a plea, in
the court of public opinion, of diminished capacity.
Foley is portraying himself not as
a sexual predator out to pick up boys, an unappealing
figure, but a victim of compulsive forces over which he
had no control and for which he cannot be held
Call it the Larry King-Oprah
defense. Even as he takes "full responsibility"
for his lewd and lascivious conduct, his lawyer implies
he didn`t know what he was doing. The e-mails and IMs
were sent in an alcoholic-induced stupor—between votes
on the House floor.
Will it work? Perhaps. The shamed
and shunned Foley will appear increasingly as a figure
of interest, and then of sympathy, in our forgiving
society. Offers of six-figure book advances are probably
in the mail.
What does the episode say about
Speaker Hastert and the GOP? Surely, it speaks poorly of
their executive decisiveness, though, thus far, it does
not speak all that badly of them as human beings.
All of them knew Foley was gay. All
of them had to recognize that the early e-mails—where
Foley was asking for a picture of a departed page now
1,000 miles away—were warning flags.
With this limited knowledge,
Foley`s colleagues did what Fox News and the Miami
Herald did. They chose not to reveal the e-mails,
which would have outed Foley, ruined his career and
destroyed his life, as they had no evidence he had
committed any indecent act with the pages under their
Two decades ago, Gerry Studds of
Massachusetts attempted the seduction of several pages,
and had an affair with one and
took him off on a European tryst. Though censured,
Studds was re-elected five times and given a
chairmanship by the Democratic Party of Nancy Pelosi—which
now professes itself sickened at how Denny Hastert
and Co. tried to protect the homosexual in their midst,
who, while committing sins of desire, has, as far as we
committed no lewd or indecent act.
Would this be the same Democratic
Party that supports giving condoms to junior-high
booed the Boy Scout honor guard at its Los Angeles
Convention in 2000, because the Scouts refuse to permit
homosexuals to be scoutmasters
and take kids camping?
Hillary Clinton has marched in the
annual New York Gay Pride Parade. For years, that parade
had a float carrying members of NAMBLA, the North
American Man-Boy Love Association, whose monomania is
the elimination of the age of consent for sex between
men and boys.
Alfred Kinsey in Sexual Behavior In The Human Male reported on experiments he himself oversaw to prove the
psychic benefits of sex between men, boys, tots and even
infants. And this sicko had a Hollywood movie, "Kinsey,"
starring Liam Neeson, celebrate his genius.
In Washington, D.C., the most
Democratic precinct in America, the age of consent is
16. Had Foley and his heartthrob skipped off to a motel,
there would have been no crime involved. Yet Foley has
the FBI on his trail for sending lewd e-mails to a
If the Republican House leadership
is guilty of anything, it is of being too tolerant, of
allowing Political Correctness, a fear of being called
homophobic, to trump common sense.
Whether we admit it or not, many
male homosexuals have a thing for teenage boys, which is
why so many of them wind up with black eyes when they
try to pick them up.
The GOP leadership should have seen
instantly, from the early e-mails, that Foley was one of
these, and followed up to see if there was more than one
page with whom he was flirting. If the pages knew Foley
was someone to steer clear of, why did not the
Yet, even if the GOP takes the hit
in November for this sordid, squalid mess, the party of
gay activists is setting the bar mighty high for its
libertine wing. If salacious e-mails to teens are now a
capital crime, Foley is not going to be the last
congressmen outed and ousted.
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