Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A Weepy Mark Foley Thrusts Himself Back Into The National Consciousness


Florida Republican Party hypocrite Mark Foley ensconced himself in a New York City Four Seasons suite and granted AP a first interview since he successfully escaped criminal charges for molesting young boys while he was a prominent and influential Republican congressman. (He can thank Nancy Pelosi for that. She didn't only protect Bush from impeachment; she refused to let investigators go through Foley's computer files, this ending the "investigation" in a white wash-- and the hell with the congressional pages who were raped.)

As for the boys... according to Foley they were almost men so what's a few months, give or take?
These were 17-year-olds, just months from being men, he insists.

"There was never anywhere in those conversations where someone said, 'Stop,' or 'I'm not enjoying this,' or 'This is inappropriate' ... but again, I'm the adult here, I'm the congressman," Foley said. "The fact is I allowed it to happen. That's where my responsibility lies."

Foley had built a national reputation as an advocate for tougher penalties against child sexual predators. As co-chairman of the Congressional Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus, he helped craft a law to protect children on the Internet.

Still, he said, there was no hypocrisy.

"The work I was doing was involving young children ... You know, you hear the term 'pedophile.' That is prepubescent," Foley said, noting a "huge difference" from lurid chats with teens on the brink of adulthood.

There was something really creepy about the interview. As Brian Skoloff, the interviewer, remarked, Foley "remains somewhat unwilling to accept full public scorn." Maybe that's because he's still in denial, still blaming a perverted old Catholic priest he claims molested him. And because he's still convincing himself that years and years of pursuing young men while hiding in the closet and voting against equality for gay families was just what he called "a momentary lapse of judgment." He feels really sorry-- for himself. Certainly the Moonies on the far right aren't forgiving him. If his fellow closet queens in Congress-- David Dreier, Adrian Smith, Patrick McHenry, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, et al-- have forgiven him, they certainly haven't publicly.

Will he run for office again? WPTV interviewed him too-- and you can watch the entire hour long soapy opera here. Bring the popcorn.


The ex-congressman is absolutely correct about the distinction between a pedophile and what he is, and the distinction is important and ought not to be blurred. (Gee, he seems to know a lot about it!) The objects of pedophiles' desires are prepubescent, whereas our Mark's appetites, it seems, run to the biologically mature -- he just likes 'em young. Not necessarily even "younger than legal"; that depends on the particular jurisdiction.

However, the notion that it was okay for him to run wild is another matter. In particular the notion that it's okay for the pages' protector, or any other congressman, to take sexual advantage of young people who have been entrusted to their care is . . . well, every bit as revolting as his behavior has generally been judged to be. And that's quite separate from the breathtaking hypocrisy of setting himself up as some sort of guardian of the innocence of American youth. For cripes' sake!

And no, Mark, it doesn't matter whether the young men enjoyed it. It doesn't even matter that some of them were using you, or at least trying to, even more than you were using them. (Is this what you think you were teaching our budding politicos about the practice of political power?) That's the thing about abusive-power relationships: When you have the power and they don't, pretty much nothing is going to make your use of that power to get sex nonpredatory. And for a congressman? And worse still, a congressman with congressional pages? Uh-uh, no sale, not in this lifetime.
-- Ken

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At 2:04 PM, Blogger KELSO'S NUTS said...

Funny thing. Nancy Pelosi didn't give a shit that they gave that 16 year old Black kid in Atlanta 10 years for statutory rape for getting a blow-job from his 15 year old girlfriend who was like wearing his letter jacket!

But Southern justice is merciful on Black people. After incarcerating this child unfairly with adults, they did let him out after three years!

At 3:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ephebophiliac, whatever, Foley's still a baby raper in my book.

There's an age of consent for a reason. It's to stop sickos like Foley from messin' with kids.


At 4:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Republicans like Foley wanted to prosecute Bill Clinton for sexual harassment towards Monica Lewinsky, who was 23 at the time.

At 3:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As usual, the criminal denies any harm.

At 12:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I ever see on these are all bashing nothing but! Mark Foley is am good man at heart he made a MISTAKE get over it. I a always hear people talking about that but hen has anyone ever said thank you Mr.Foley for all the work and dedication to our country for the last 30 years. We cannot simply judge a man for one mistake he has made he has done way more good than bad. Till this day now 06-30-2014 he's a respected and active member of his community doing countless hours of free charity work for others. No one on this earth has the right to judge anyone. EVERY single person in this world is not even close to perfect the only really able to judge a man is our lord and saviour. Forgiveness is the word for today people. Its done and over with let it go. He went through far to much pain. He lost his career he built for 30 years, got out casted by everyone single person he thought was his ''friends'' his father died from cancer while he was in rehab and about two years ago his life long partner Layne passed then right after that found out he had cancer and went through sergery to remove it. In my opinion he more than played his dues and deserves the saqmem human dignity that anyone else does. He has been through a lot he has enough pain and problems in his life without anyone else stockpileing any more on top. He has feeling and worries just like anyone else, it reminds me of elementary school where everyone is picking on a kid calling unvalled for names and just won't stop. Come on people be the bigger person it takes a strong person to for give. FORGIVE but don't FORGET. He's a kind soul and hope he has a healthy long and prosperous ligfe


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