Tuesday, October 03, 2006

NYT Editorial on The Foley Matter

The Foley Matter - New York Times: "History suggests that once a political party achieves sweeping power, it will only be a matter of time before the power becomes the entire point. Policy, ideology, ethics all gradually fall away, replaced by a political machine that exists to win elections and dispense the goodies that come as a result. The only surprise in Washington now is that the Congressional Republicans managed to reach that point of decayed purpose so thoroughly, so fast.

That House leaders knew Representative Mark Foley had been sending inappropriate e-mail to Capitol pages and did little about it is terrible. It is also the latest in a long, depressing pattern: When there is a choice between the right thing to do and the easiest route to perpetuation of power, top Republicans always pick wrong."

1 Comments:

At 8:35 PM, Blogger copy editor said...

If I were in a position of authority, any time I heard "email" and "problem" in the same sentence I would act pretty quickly and thoroughly. Emails have a life of their own. They are often archived. They are often forwarded to numerous people.

This is another warning sign on Hastert and some in the GOP.

 

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