October 06, 2006

Congressman McFeely

So, there are quite a lot of comments that could be made about the Congressman Foley situation. And not too many of them would be very insightful. But, I have one. Are those who are trying to use this congressman to link Republicans with crime and debauchery, inadvertently, linking homosexuals with sexual perversion?

7 comments:

Fistandantalus said...

One odd side effect of this is that the Democrats may lose part of their base for their persecution of a homosexual individual...

Then again... who knows...

Brent said...

Are those who are trying to use this congressman to link Republicans with crime and debauchery, inadvertently, linking homosexuals with sexual perversion?

I believe the issue was that the boy was underage.

Jeff said...
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Jeff said...

Most prominent Democrats aren't the ones linking the act of homosexuality to the crime; Republicans are.

See Newt Gingrich on Fox earlier in the week when he said that if they'd done anything to punish Foley earlier, "they'd have been accused of gay bashing."

Watch this clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkdTTIdkweI

Then watch this clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwTMdTqtVmw

The issue IS NOT that he's gay, but that he was making sexual advances on 16 year-olds. And on top of it, he was doing it from his Congressional office before voting on Iraq defense provisions.

Anonymous said...

Funny. Democrats thought delving into a person's sexual behavior wasn't necessary when Clinton was in office. By the way, the age of consent in the jurisdiction(s) the "inappropriate" advances took place in is 16, so that point is moot.

Jeff said...

Anonymous -- The point is that he's a pedophile. It's not made moot even if the law says 16 is the age of consent. Maybe in a legal sense, the feds won't have anything to prosecute him for (I did a quick search, but couldn't confirm from a solid source that this is in fact the case).

But you ask the general public, particularly parents with 16 year olds, if they're okay with a 52 year-old man making sexal advances on their teens, and you'd have an overwhelming majority that thinks what he did was wrong.

Politics is a PR-war, and even if Foley can escape prosecution, the GOP is taking a major thwacking for (1) having a child predator in their midst, which is particularly stinging as they tend to ride a high horse of moral authority and (2) not doing anything about it, even though the information was presented 3 years in advance.

Sabai said...

Jeff,

You're absolute correct, and I hope I wasn't trying to defend him. Perhaps it is the Republican rebuttal that I keep hearing, but it seems as though it is not the GOP taking the thwacking, but homosexuals in general. But perhaps that's only wishful thinking from the media outlets I've been listening to.