First as Tragedy, etc

by Kieran Healy on October 2, 2006

“ABC news runs a story”: under the headline “Warning Signs about Foley Ignored for at least Five Years.”

“No one in the Republican leadership, nor Congressman Shimkus, saw those messages until last Friday when ABC News released them to the public,” said Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL). But there were lots of warning signs. In 2001, pages were warned to be careful with Foley. In 2005, one page complained to his congressman about “sick” e-mails from Foley, a complaint passed on to the Speaker’s staff.”

You can see how the story is taking shape. I expect soon we will learn of the existence of a Presidential daily briefing headed “FOLEY DETERMINED TO STROKE IN U.S. CONGRESS.”



pau; 10.02.06 at 10:02 pm

Ahh a snark of perfection. I appreciate that.


DonBoy 10.02.06 at 11:34 pm

In a cross-media, cross-time cross-post, The Daily Show rendered this idea 2 hours later as a memo headed “Mark Foley determined to strike inside 15-year-old”.


Kieran Healy 10.03.06 at 12:07 am

Clearly I missed my calling.


lalala 10.03.06 at 12:27 am

Either that, or you’re secretly a writer for the Daily Show.


bad Jim 10.03.06 at 3:29 am

Congressman hard on teenagers

“Paging Congressman Foley”

Representative pays lip service to sexual repression, sponsors sexual predator bill


lemuel pitkin 10.03.06 at 9:15 am

Or the Poorman’s version, Mark Foley Determined to Strike in High-Schooler’s Pants.

Or that old chestnut, why doesn’t Mark Foley use bookmarks?


Ken Houghton 10.03.06 at 1:30 pm

ABC News (via Mr. Black) decided to run with Boehner Points Finger at the Speaker, which might have been better without the “finger,” but has to be a contender for multiple-entendre headline of the day.


thompsaj 10.03.06 at 1:54 pm

I think the republican spinners should run with it. My thought is if they want us to be seen as Athens fighting Sparta, the whole thing should be a source of pride.


Jon H 10.03.06 at 3:21 pm

But… it was merely a historical document.


jawbone 10.03.06 at 8:57 pm

Tuesday’s IM release seems to indicate Rep. Foley did indeed “stroke in Congress,” as he left the House floor during a vote to IM one of his young friends. It seems they reached some sort of climax during their messaging…. Not on the floor of the House, but defintely within the halls or cloakroom of the House.

Instant Messaging–or Instant Massaging?

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