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  •  Potential child molester, then. (1+ / 0-)
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    I seriously have my doubts that these are the only young men he approached.  They are the only ones we know about.

    Good feet giving up good boots.

    by panicbean on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 02:36:13 PM PST

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    •  I'm sorry, but I have to agree. There is a world (5+ / 0-)

      of difference between sending some lewd e-mails to 17 year olds and the victimization of a small child.  Is it harrassment?  Absolutely.  I'd certainly have found it gross when I was 17 if a 60 year old man sent me an IM asking me what I was wearing.  But there really is no similarity between what he did and child molesting.  To say there is is to seriously underinflate the damage child molestors do to their victims.  I seriously doubt those 17 year olds are going to carry the scars of his IM's through the rest of their lives.  They'll just have amusing stories to tell of the gross old Congressman in the bars in a few years.

      •  They were laughing at him at the time (2+ / 0-)
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        If I recall correctly, "gross" was in fact used by the Louisiana page who wound up being identified publicly.

        There's reason to think that if Foley hadn't been so active in promoting the right wing scare agenda by heading up the GOP anti-pedophile arm, he wouldn't have been so forcefully hoisted on his own petard.

        Its hard to feel sorry for Foley when his own manipulation of wedge issues resulted in his demise.

        I'd actually find myself forgiving and even supporting him if he used his experience to try and right some of the wrongs he fomented, instead of trying to make the distinctions for himself that he should have understood as a congressman but found it more politically convenient to exploit.

        If it were true, they couldn't say it on Fox News. -6.62 -5.90

        by PBCliberal on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 03:13:16 PM PST

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