One of the major faults of politicians on both sides of the aisle is a penchant for dirty words. No, not those uttered by Dick Cheney and George Allen, but a word so laden with malfeasant undertones as "electioneering." Inundated with news of failure to act in the Rep. Mark Foley scandal, some Republicans have taken to the media to air out half-baked theories of Democrats engineering an October surprise. Had this been the case, Democrats, while nowhere near as much under the microscope as Republicans, would find themselves answering some tough questions about putting politics before child welfare (sound familiar?). But all evidence presented thus far is that some concerned Republican politicos and staffers had been trying to rid their system for months if not years of Foley. And the media has to face questions as to why they didn't run stories, based on evidence leaked by all manners of operatives, in 2005 or earlier in the year. So: Republicans: bad; media: either good (cautious or judicious) or bad (unwilling to do proper footwork to stand up story); Democrats: apparently, for the most part, uninvolved. Thus, anyone in the media had to be pleased with Wolf Blitzer's cross-examination of Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), who floated out, like a trial balloon, the question of Democrat culpability.
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