President George W. Bush tried in vain Tuesday to turn attention away from the mushrooming scandal involving the GOP’s mishandling of the Rep. Mark Foley Scandal but his escalating rhetoric on familiar campaign themes fell short.
Bush’s frantic attempts showed the level of desperation that is sweeping through Republican camps as the party tries to recover from the latest scandal.
While most of the attention this week has focused on the questionable sexual activities of former Republican Congressman Mark Foley, a Democratic state senator in West Virginia finds himself painted, so to speak, in less than flattering ways.
Photos showing State Sen. Randy White of West Virginia wearing only body paint and cavorting with two other men have placed his political future in doubt.
Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert is a perfect poster child for the Republican Party: Bloated and out-of-control.
With his multiple chins spilling over a too-tight dress shirt collar, Hastert is at once buffoon and bluster – a belching dispenser of contradictory hot air spilling out of an out-of-shape mass of fat. But he’s also very, very dangerous.
In an ironic display of incredible political hypocrisy, President George W. Bush, the President whose administration is marked by an uncountable list of lies, is telling voters that the Democratic Party is weak-kneed on national security and shouldn’t be trusted to hold the reins of Congress.
In a twist on the old Watergate question, the Republican Party is struggling to answer: What did GOP leaders know of a congressman’s suggestive exchanges with former pages, all teenage males, and when did they know it?
By CAROLINE E. RUSE and JOSH SWARTZLANDER Scripps Howard Foundation Wire
ABC News was the first traditional media outlet to report explicit instant messages between former Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., and under-aged congressional pages, but an Internet blog broke the story almost a week earlier.
Former Congressman Mark Foley is "contrite and remorseful" and sent e-mails to male teenage pages while under the influence of alcohol, but he is "absolutely, positively not a pedophile," his lawyer said Monday night.
The resignation of Florida Republican Rep. Mark Foley, after disclosure of his sexually explicit Internet communications with a former House page, sent shock waves through the missing-and-exploited-children community, which had once counted on Foley’s support.