“Everyone” knew Mark Foley was a closet case for years and years before it came out he was making inappropriate impositions on the young male congressional pages. “Everyone” knew he was living a double life before he got drunk and tried breaking into the boys’ dorm one night. “Everybody?” Well, his constituents didn’t know, silly. Inside the Beltway, the constituents aren’t anybody. But Speaker Hastert (R-IL) knew and Tom Reynolds (R-NY) knew and John Shimkus (R-IL), John Boehner (R-OH), Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) all knew. And the media knew. But there was a an effort– sometimes active and sometimes passive– to cover it all up and put electoral priorities above the welfare of the pages. Nice place, Washington, isn’t it? Today at Firedoglake we have a Democratic challenger, Russ Warner, who’s going up against another “alleged” closet case– a hypocritical and powerful Republican incumbent, David Dreier, who “everybody” knows about. His closet-casedness has been documented by Larry Flynt, the L.A. Weekly, Wikipedia, and all over the blogosphere. But his constituents… last they remember is that he was dating Republican “fag-hag” Bo Derik and… Bush’s sister. But don’t expect Russ to talk about the allegations or the open secret. If you want to hear the issues in the race for CA-26, Russ will be with us at FDL at 11am, PT (from YKos). And if you would like to see a bluer California, Russ Warner is a great bet.
Has it occurred to anybody else that maybe the white pollster industrial complex has no freaking idea about who the "successful" presidents are?— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) January 21, 2022
12 years ago, Republican justices decided that unlimited corporate spending wouldn’t corrupt our politics. They’ve been proven wrong every moment since. Citizens United opened the floodgates for dark money, and this country is paying the price.— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) January 21, 2022