The Emerging "Foleygate" Story
Some thoughts on the matter...
I think it's clear that this is being used as a Democratic Party election ploy---the October surprise we've all been waiting for. The idea is to discourage socially conservative Republicans from coming out to vote next month.
It's also clear that there's a doublestandard for such behavior when it applies to Democrats and that the Republicans are far more likely to be held accountable.
And it's clear that the Democrats are hypocrites when it comes to issues involving gay sexuality. Leftist opposition to the Boy Scouts prohibition of gay scout masters comes to mind.
Time will tell whether any actual tampering of Foley's e-mail or IM exchanges were involved, as is being investigated in the blogosphere. Until then, we cannot be sure.
If what's being alleged is true, Foley's actions appear to have been quite contemptible and his resignation is a necessary and just step. If other House Republicans took part in helping to cover up his sexual proclivities, then they too bear some responsibility. Not that "outing" Foley in today's politically correct climate would have been an easy task. But it would have been the right thing to do.
Let's face it, there's much corruption (both monetary and moral) among the upper ranks of government, and both parties are involved. Sometimes it seems like the decadence that destroyed the Roman Empire is overtaking our own.
But in an age of 24-hour media, it's up to each of us to process these scandals as thoroughly as we can, rather than jumping to conclusions arrived at by either side.