Yeah, I have THREE other blogs to update today, laundry to do, mother to visit and other assorted crap and here I sit at 8:17am posting again. I rock, don’t I? (What?? I don’t? Are you sure?)
Here’s my comment for today: If you are a politician and particularly one in this day and age and if your predilection is for 16 year old boys, IMing them completely inappropriate comments is beyond stupid. For fuck’s sake, if you haven’t learned by now that stuff written on the internets can be reproduced (much to your embarassment) just about anytime, then you deserve what you get. Mark Foley, now former republican congressman from Florida, is clearly a moron. Didja know, by the way, that he was the chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children? Yeah, that’s who I want handling that sensitive subject. Jeebus Henry.
I am not, in any way, condoning what he did so don’t think that. I am saying how damn stupid are you for doing this that can be so easily traced? If I were doing something that, oh, only my whole career and life hinged on, chances are good that I wouldn’t be doing it in a way that could be easily traced. I’m not even that smart about stuff like that and *I* know it’s a bad idea to be doing that. AND!! His screen name consisted of his initials and the year he was born (MAF54). Puhlease. You want to get caught, there’s no other way to frame this. And so he did.
This particular political climate is extremely tough. Cripes, they will take someone like Max Cleland who lost three limbs in the Vietnam war and smear his ass all over the place. If you have skeletons in your closet and you are in politics (but esp so if you are a repub) your ass better tow the line or else you WILL be outed, sure as I’m sitting here. Karl Rove DID NOT get his reputation by chance.
Bottom line: Don’t do stupid shit. And try real hard not to do it on the internets (this from someone who has, in the past, done said stupid shit).