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He will be remembered as speaker of the House in days when Congress still got things done,  but never saw the speaker's chair as his life's greatest honor.

Instead, it was that voters in Eastern Washington chose him for 30 years to represent them in Congress.

Foley stood tall (6'3"), gave straight answers and saw his job as working out society's compromises. He kept at it even as polarized times gave vent to a politics of personal destruction.

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  •  Tip Jar (22+ / 0-)

    Dick Cheney 2/14/10: "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . UID: 8519

    by Bob Love on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 11:28:35 AM PDT

  •  May he Rest in Peace and those who love (8+ / 0-)

    and miss him find peace, strength and grace for the difficult times ahead.

    LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

    by BlackSheep1 on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 11:36:33 AM PDT

  •  Condolences to his family and friends ♥ (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Bob Love, CorinaR, RoIn, 3rock

    "If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich." - John F. Kennedy

    by boofdah on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 11:38:37 AM PDT

  •  He lost his seat to George Nethercutt in (9+ / 0-)

    the Republican wave of 1994. Remember term limits?  Nethercutt promised to serve only three terms. He served five.

    Since Foley's defeat Spokane has been represented by nothing but hacks.

    Dick Cheney 2/14/10: "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . UID: 8519

    by Bob Love on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 11:43:02 AM PDT

    •  And It Is Their Own Fault (3+ / 0-)
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      terabthia2, Bob Love, 3rock

      I remember shortly after when Nethercutt defeated Foley many people in that district who voted for Nethercutt were surprised, disappointed, and even upset when they found out that Nethercutt would not automatically become the new Speaker --  as if the Speakership was reserved for them.

      Honestly, the lack of understanding of simple civics in this country can be very disturbing.

      “I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point--race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.” ― Molly Ivins

      by RoIn on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 11:58:21 AM PDT

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    •  Heh, I was happy to be able to prevent him (2+ / 0-)
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      Bob Love, 3rock

      from moving onto the senate in 2004 and do any more damage there with his odd kind of math, by voting for Patty Murray.

      "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

      by kovie on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 03:26:48 PM PDT

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  •  I just got back home and found out (2+ / 0-)
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    Bob Love, 3rock

    I can't believe that there isn't a diary on the rec list or FP on his sad passing. A great man in a not so great era. He had more class in his small finger than the entire incoming GOP freshman class and not a few veterans did in their entire beings. The only saving grace to his passing the gavel to Gingrich was that he didn't have to do it as a sitting member of the house.

    My condolences to his family, friends and colleagues, and the Democratic party. I hope and assume that Obama, Biden and the entire Democratic leadership will speak at his memorial or funeral. It might be a good opportunity to speak of better times past and better times to come, and to point to his legacy as a map to the future. The US has only one viable path and it's a progressive one.

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 03:23:33 PM PDT

  •  Condolences to family and friends. (0+ / 0-)

        It's always interesting the juxtaposition of coincidences that one GREAT dignified, Speaker of The House would pass on whilst another wrecked the tracks in an attempted TRAIN Robbery.
        Those West Coast pioneers kin. Stood Tall and Proud.  :) Washington, Oregon, California.
        Can you imagine, voting him out? "Why I stoop because I'm permanently looking at the time I shot myself in BOTH feet, BOTH of em, mhh."

    March AGAINST monsatanOHagentorange 3/25/13 a time warp

    by 3rock on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 06:59:45 PM PDT

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