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  •  If you are correct (11+ / 0-)

    then perhaps it follows that they don't want a "sqeaky clean" candidate to serve in office. They'd rather have people with skeletons in their closet so they can push them around.

    •  EXACTLY!!! Blame the closet (7+ / 0-)

      Closets make for easy extortion.  What better means of keeping pols in line than to threaten to expose their sexuality -- or in the case of Foley, his sexuality AND his appetite for nubile teen flesh.  

      The only way that Rove could keep such absolute lockstep uniformity (until now) was blackmail and extortion.  I have long believed that they get Frist to do their bidding by using the SEC investigation.  Imagine what he would do to have Rove keep the Feds off his back -- or better yet -- the pardon he might get.  

      DeLay was no different.  Everybody has a price.  Sometimes it is a carrot -- like earmarks -- sometimes it is a stick -- vote for us or we will tell...

      When you are going through hell, keep going! - Winston Churchill

      by flo58 on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 10:06:53 AM PDT

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      •  Ummm... (0+ / 0-)

        nubile |ˈn(y)oōˌbīl; -bəl| adjective (of a girl or young woman) sexually mature; suitable for marriage. • (of a girl or young woman) sexually attractive : he employed a procession of nubile young secretaries.

        I don't think that "nubile" is quite the correct word here.

      •  He was not blackmailed (1+ / 0-)
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        Foley was not threatened with outing, and that is an important distinction: the right as far back as at least McCarthy use that as a reason to exclude gays from politics.

        He was threatened with the loss of lucrative lobbying ties in a post-Bush Washington.

        He caved to greed.

        I can't help thinking though that Rove helped Foley GET INTO his position with the pages. Anyone covering that angle?

        •  You give them too much credit (1+ / 0-)
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          There is no doubt in my mind that he was extorted.  The end result would be loss of lobbying money.  But how well do you think he will do as a lobbyist now that he is outed as a lecher.  That kind of info would destroy anyone.  They had him by the proverbial balls and he knew it.  Never doubt it.  

          When you are going through hell, keep going! - Winston Churchill

          by flo58 on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 05:28:07 PM PDT

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    •  Is there such a thing (2+ / 0-)
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      as a squeaky-clean Republican?

      Governor Dick "Dick" DeVos (R-Amway)? NO DAMN WAY.

      by PerfectStormer on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 11:42:16 AM PDT

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      •  i think you're onto something (1+ / 0-)
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        "squeaky-clean" has an entirely different connotation now ...

        If you want a symbolic gesture, don't burn the flag; wash it. -- Norman Thomas

        by wystler on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 01:14:01 PM PDT

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