Thursday, October 05, 2006

Why we don't write about Mark Foley

One of our loyal readers wrote to ask why Flop and I haven't tackled the typo-laden Humbert Humbert routine of a predatory Congressman. In my reply e-mail, I ended up writing something worthwhile about what's not worth writing about:
I'm at a loss -- the thing speaks for itself. Is it tragic? Is it hilarious? I'm an edge uncomfortable with how the Democrats framed this, certainly disgusted with how the Republicans have responded, but at the end of the day, can I justify thinking about this more than Iraq? Not to be a self-righteous downer, but the spectacle seems like the tale of a lunatic, his enablers, dimwitted teens, and political opportunists, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. At least the matter of individual liberties underlined the Schiavo disaster.

I did briefly consider a post about graphic D-list celebrity sex tapes a la Screech, but imagining Mindy Cohn getting banged by the cast of Meerkat Manor felt a little too tawdry.


FRQSTR=19189665x264441:1:1440|19189665|19189665|19189665|19189665 said...

Its amazing how the American media works. We have lost fifteen more American service people over the last couple days, and what is getting attention? Its just another sex scandal. And it wasn't even real sex.

Florida Republican Rep. Mark Foley's instant message records indicate he is a dude who gets off on fantasy cyber sex with teenaged boys. I believe this is the first virtual sex scandal in Washington DC political history.

Back here in the real world, American men and women are killed, maimed and scarred, both physically and emotionally every day. War is hell. Finally, the mainstream media is beginning to support our troops by speaking the truth about their sacrifices. more

Crunk Raconteur said...

The simple fact is this. Nothing about the messes we're in, either here or abroad, is going to change, even a little bit, if the Republicans stay in power. We could all be like the Mustache of Understanding and hope that the Republicans come to their senses and change their failed policies, but such hope is incredibly naive.

They aren't going to change, and as long as they can keep winning elections, they aren't going to have any incentive to. If they manage to get through these midterms and still be in power, do you think they'll really start addressing their shortcomings then? Or will they continue to stay the failed, bloody course until they can get through the 08 elections? I think you know the answer.

So, is this tawdry and creepy, and are there more important problems that this country is facing? Yes, of course.

But if constantly focusing on this is what it will take to beat them, then so be it.

CrimeNotes said...

That's unrelated to anything I wrote.

But enjoy yourself, man.

Crunk Raconteur said...

I'm commenting to the first comment, as opposed to the post.

CrimeNotes said...


I think he's spam. Since it's interesting spam, I didn't delete it.

copyranter said...

As I once told a woman about our relationship:
"It is what is, and that's what it is."™

beast of burden said...

What if one of Foley's text messages mentioned The Hold Steady?

CrimeNotes said...

I don't know about Foley IMing about The Hold Steady. What about The Hold Steady singing about Foley?

They were talking in the dark up in Penetration Park
about visions and revisions and hard liquor
And then Mark came to in our dorm drunk on Colt 44
Rolling through page upon page of Revelations

They said, "Gideon tells us you're contagious,"
Mark insisted that's outrageous
and he plied us with some flanks at Morton's Steakhouse
He IMed about protrusions, the pages had illusions
He came on kind of spicy but they liked it

There are so many nights when this is just how it happens.
Mark goes for looks, pages love status
Mark goes for looks, pages love status

He was fueled on LOLs and ROTFLs
He ghost-wrote my thesis for AP government
Mark said, "I don't need it but I like it"
and he came on hot and soft
I always knew he liked that boy with the cast fetish

Mark said it's Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve
then he'd ask me lots of questions 'bout my serpent
There was whiskey but no ginger, and contusions on his fingers
He bleached the stains out then made a sound like locusts

There are so many nights when this is just how it happens
Mark goes for looks, pages love status
Mark goes for looks, pages love status