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Should Hastert Go?

National Review‘s Kate O’Beirne says the calls for Hastert to step down as Speaker will only increase. She’s almost certainly right — the House leadership utterly and completely mismanaged a major scandal at the worst possible moment, and it’s quite possible that the GOP will lose the House because of this. It isn’t certain that Hastert knew enough to start investigating Foley, but it’s hard to argue that what was apparently an open secret on the Hill shouldn’t have resulted in some kind of action. This lapse in judgment and propriety is absolutely unacceptable.

The Foley incident could swing the balance of power in the House, and the GOP has no one to blame for themselves.

4 responses to “Should Hastert Go?”

  1. Mark says:

    BREAKING NEWS! There has just been a historic merger between the House GOP and NAMBLA. Joe Ferguson, NAMBLA’s President, announced the partnership at a press conference today, saying the two groups have come to recognize their mutual interest of providing legal cover for pedophiles who violate young boys. Ferguson joined hands with House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Majority Leader John Boehner in a show of solidarity following the press conference.

    Seriously though, this could backfire on the Dems if it’s revealed where the leak came from only five weeks before the election. If it came from a Democratic Party operative who was sitting on the story until a time where it would produce the optimal political benefit for the party, it will probably be viewed as unsavory politics and the GOP could use turn the tables on them and force the Dems to play defense.

  2. Jay Reding says:

    Seriously though, this could backfire on the Dems if it’s revealed where the leak came from only five weeks before the election. If it came from a Democratic Party operative who was sitting on the story until a time where it would produce the optimal political benefit for the party, it will probably be viewed as unsavory politics and the GOP could use turn the tables on them and force the Dems to play defense.

    True, but that would be a hell of a conspiracy. As much as I’d love to see Democratic dirty tricks exposed, I don’t think the Democrats are nearly that competent.

  3. Haggs says:

    What was Hastert thinking just ignoring this? If he was smart, he could’ve gotten this over with a year ago and by election day people would’ve forgotten all about it. If the Democrats take over Congress because of it, they know who to blame.

  4. Douglas says:

    Oh, there’ll be plenty of blame to go around for everybody if the Democrats take over Congress.