I was going to write a droll little piece, mostly about the gapping hole in our political and cultural landscape, devoid as it is of the wonders of interns and pages (see, we’re not the 51st State of the USA after all, truly we’re not), but that idea was superseded by this dumb-arsed quote:
“This is a political problem, and we need to step up and do something dramatic,” Representative Ray LaHood ofHuh?
said afterward, adding that he had proposed abolishing the Congressional page program." Illinois
Let me repeat that: Huh?
One twat sleeze bag behaving exactly like one twat sleeze bag is a political problem now?
A well-established, respected and valuable work experience program should be abolished because of the behavior of one individual now?
And I thought we suffered from a few too many stoopid politicians and a few too many irrational social reactions.
Update: The Borowitz Report sheds new light on Foley’s excuses:
Former Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla) held a press conference in
today to offer yet another excuse for his inappropriate contact with congressional pages, telling reporters that his behavior was caused by an acute case of postpartum depression. Washington, D.C.
Mr. Foley's latest explanation took many in
by surprise, since in recent days he had blamed childhood abuse and alcoholism for his current woes. Washington
But in his press conference this morning, the former Florida congressmen said that while childhood abuse and alcoholism played a part in his behavior, postpartum depression played "an even bigger part."
"Like millions of Americans, I suffered from postpartum depression," said the embattled congressman, choking back tears. "Instead of seeking professional help, I self-medicated by sending instant messages to hot congressional pages."
While many in official
and across the country questioned Mr. Foley's latest explanation for his behavior, perhaps no one registered stronger doubts about the postpartum theory than the actor Tom Cruise. Washington
Just hours after Mr. Foley's press conference, Mr. Cruise held a press conference of his own to call the former lawmaker's explanation "bogus."
"I, too, suffered postpartum depression after the birth of my daughter, Suri," Mr. Cruise said. "But I got over it through a straight regimen of exercise and vitamins."
Responding to Mr. Cruise's criticism, Mr. Foley said that postpartum depression had not caused his behavior after all, but added, "What if I told you I was hypoglycemic?"