GOP spin on Foleygate

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ThinkProgress does its usually excellent job of debunking the GOP spin on disgraced-and-resigned Republican Congressman Mark Foley, listing six GOP excuses along with the conflicting facts.

A variation of excuse #4, that “Bill Clinton was worse,” was spouted by Sean Hannity, who claimed that Monica Lewinsky was a teenager during her affair with Clinton. John Amato points out at Crooks and Liars that Hannity was lying: Monica was 22 years old.

To expand to excuse #6, blaming the GOP cover-up on their alleged “sensitivity” to gays, check out Sarah Posner writing at Gadflyer. Pro-“family values” conservative Tony Perkins claimed that “the real issue” in Foleygate is “the link between homosexuality and child sexual abuse.” How a nonexistent link can be the “real issue” baffles me. Meanwhile, on the right-wing airwaves, Rush Limbaugh speculated about Democrats:

"In their hearts and minds and their crotches, they don't have any problem with what Foley did…They've defended it over the years."

If Limbaugh could come up with any examples of Democrats—or liberals—that have defended sexual predators, I would be astounded. Perhaps he believes that the Catholic hierarchy, those well-known enablers of sexual predation, is a bastion of liberalism? That concept is almost—but not quite—as ludicrous as Newt Gingrich’s statement years ago that Susan Smith murdering her children:

“vividly reminds every American how sick the society is getting and how much we need to change things. […] The only way you get change is to vote Republican.”

The shoe is clearly now on the other foot; yesterday’s Gerry Studds is today’s Tom Foley. Help end the GOP era of corruption (and coddling sexual predators) by voting out the Republican Congress. To use their own buzzwords against them, a vote for Democrats is a pro-values, pro-family vote.

update (4:00pm):
ThinkProgress has a collection of the GOP’s gay-bashing smokescreens. My favorite is Denny Hastert complaining to Rush about the story’s timing, and saying that they’re going to “go on offense” on Foleygate.

Hastert, you and your ilk are offensive enough already.

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