“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.
Dems have the presidency and both houses of Congress. It shouldn't be this hard to raise the minimum wage, strengthen voting rights, and address the climate crisis with bold action.— Robert Reich (@RBReich) June 24, 2021
These images of bipartisan compromise—an all-white collective that includes individuals who oppose Blk voting rights & free/fair elections—say it all. The argument is that a narrow area of compromise among these individuals to repair bridges & roads is somehow a “win” for us all. pic.twitter.com/XFmiF8L2aa— DEFUND & ABOLISH POLICE, REFUND OUR COMMUNITIES (@BreeNewsome) June 25, 2021