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Hastert struggling to hold on to job

Since last week, when the Mark Foley scandal broke out, House Speaker Dennis Hastert has come increasingly under fire from colleagues and the public for how he has handled the situation.

The Washington Post reported that Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) said he told Hastert in spring about the concern over contacts between Foley and pages and was told it would be taken care of. Hastert told the press Friday that he didn't recall such a conversation. Boehner then contacted the Washington Post to change his story and said he couldn't recall if he had told Hastert. It looks like the House leadership was trying to coordinate a consistent story at that point.

Today, Boehner reverted back to his original story by saying this:

"I believe I talked to the Speaker and he told me it had been taken care of," said Boehner. "And, and, and my position is it's in his corner, it's his responsibility. The Clerk of the House who runs the page program, the Page Board—all report to the Speaker. And I believe it had been dealt with."

Also today, the conservative Washington Times called for Hastert to resign.

US News reports that the next 24 to 48 hours are critical for Hastert if he is to retain his job as House Speaker.


At 10/03/2006 11:12:00 PM, Blogger XOut said...

Well... they could have called on Pelosi to resign over William Jefferson, but it was hard enough just getting rid of that liberal jewel.

Once the left can show their exemplary adherence to good personal conduct, personal responsibility and accountability - then the rest of us will listen.

From the chronic misuse of seemingly every kind of vehicle (cars and planes) that Kennedy’s participate in, to LBJ (who used to do dicktionary on the speakers desk) to a soiled blue dress… why the hell should Republicans listen to the lefty media on this one?

Hastert sucks as a speaker, but the left is way out of touch on this one.

At any rate, I am glad that liberals have now become moral… perhaps the world will very soon be a good place.

At 10/04/2006 11:44:00 AM, Anonymous Ben said...

OK, GE, Rupert Murdoch, and as the recent fictionalised pre-911 mini-series points out, obviously Disney, are not liberal.

Just because everybody on TV doesn't sound as ignorant or devoid of reason as Bill O'Reilly doesn't mean they're liberal, tough guy.

And I don't quite know how you can compare misuse of a car to conspiring to commit statiatory rape, but you did. And you're a prick for doing it.

How can the left be out of touch on a congressman who is a sexual predator?

Furthermore, the right has never been moral. They use biblical hysteria to gain and secure power, protecting pedophile priests, laundering campaign money, running corporations into the ground, profiteering on groundless wars, while the left is trying to pick up the scraps of our civil liberties left in the wake.

At 10/04/2006 03:08:00 PM, Anonymous ben said...

'scuze my typos.

At 10/10/2006 03:25:00 AM, Blogger Freudian Slip said...

For him to "assume" it was taken care of...come on! This was not exactly a small matter. He needs to take responsibility here, its a part of his job.


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