Blankley on Hastert's Role

Friday, October 06, 2006

Blankley on Hastert's Role

While Newt Gingrich contends that House Speaker Dennis Hastert should not resign his post in the wake of the Foley-page scandal, Gingrich's former press secretary disagrees with his former boss. Tony Blankley writes:
Forget the later hideous text messages. When [Hastert] was told that Mark Foley had sent that first e-mail — the "overly friendly" one we all saw last Friday — he had to be either obtuse or on notice of the problem.

Any father of a young man who saw such an e-mail sent to his son would rightly be disposed to immediately punch out Mr. Foley and warn him to keep away from his son, and then he would call the police. It was common knowledge that Mr. Foley was gay. If he had been straight and asked for a 16-year-old girl's photo, any sensible person would have concluded the same thing.

But the fact that, according to my best sources in the House Republicans, Mr. Hastert never informed any Democrats of the matter (even on the page oversight board), unambiguously suggests that he knew what was up. Thus began the cover-up.

Of course he knew what the Democrats would do with the information. But not only is this not a Democratic Party dirty trick (the facts are real, not made up), but Mr. Hastert had a moral duty to do all in his power to make sure there would not be more victims of Mr. Foley's alleged sexual predation -- or clear potential for such.

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