How you doing on excuses in the Mark Foley Congressional Page scandal?
Remember when the story first broke? Congressional excusers who apparently knew of this, first described the e-mails that Foley sent to a 16-year old page as "overly friendly," not explicitly obscene.
My first thought was that great line from Robin Williams' new movie when a presidential character denied wrongdoing: "I did not have sex with that woman...I wanted to."
Then we heard that whatever he had done, Foley had checked into alcohol rehab — the obligatory stop for national celebrities caught in scandal
Question: does getting drunk make it OK for a grown man to prey on 16-year-olds or for congressional leaders to cover it up?
From Chapter Two of the excuse manual came word that as a child Foley was abused by a priest, but was now cooperating with authorities — naming names.
Which brought a 69-year-old man from under a rock somewhere with an excuse to gag a buzzard.
It's always dangerous to say we know enough, but haven't most of us with an IQ higher than our age figured out two things here: that Foley is a creep who should be kept away from kids and that Congressional leaders knew that — how could they not have known — yet chose to ignore it?
I have a request. My barf bag is at the ready, but spare me any more detail.
I know all I need to know on this one.
By Bob Schieffer