His appearance before the panel today followed hard on the heels that of Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-N.Y.,) who has publicly said he told Hastert earlier this year about former Republican congressman Mark Foley's innapropriate communications with House pages.Hastert, supplying parents everywhere with a reason to vote Democratic, also indicated he's well grounded in reality.
Hastert has said he doesn't remember Reynolds mentioning this Foley problem to him. There's many a reporter in Washington who would love to be inside the room to see how Hastert's lack of recollection is playing, especially with the Democrats on the panel who are no doubt smelling blood.
"But, yeah, I think we can hold on to the majority," said Hastert, who indicated he would like to run for House speaker again.Given the current chaos in the House, does anyone think Hastert would be allowed to run again by Republicans? If the answer is no, it's all the more reason to vote these people out of power. If the answer is yes, even more reason.
If the Democrats take the House, as is certainly possible, Dennis Hastert has to be given a large part of the credit.