The price of Foley

National Review
by the editors

10/04/06

Dennis Hastert is unlikely to be the Speaker of the House in the next Congress. Five days after the Foley scandal broke, and a year after his office heard its first glimmerings, Hastert has refused to take any responsibility for what happened. As a result, the Republicans' odds of keeping the House have fallen. And even if the Republicans keep the House with slender margins, Republicans may well decide to demand new leadership. It would take only a handful of House Republicans unwilling to back Hastert for Speaker to make it impossible for him to win the post. This result is not completely fair to Hastert. Foley is obviously the chief transgressor here. And the key mistakes that were made in addressing his offenses occurred when Hastert was not in the loop. Which makes it all the more peculiar that Hastert continues to defend those mistakes. It can't be done...

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