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    Default Speaker Hastert continues to insist he won't resign.

    October 5, 2006 In the countless political lifetimes that have occurred since Florida Republican Rep. Mark Foley resigned amid revelations that he engaged in improper conduct with young pages on Capitol Hill, Republicans have had very little good news.

    Party strategists working on key political races around the country report declining poll numbers for their candidates, and they are worried that the party does not have a plan in place to stop the damage from threatening their congressional majorities.

    The burden for solving the public relations problem related to questions about how the leadership handled months, perhaps years, of indications that Foley was engaging in improper conduct, has fallen on the broad shoulders of Dennis Hastert, the speaker of the House.

    Hastert has spent the last few days in his native Illinois, reaching out by telephone to staff, colleagues and allies to formulate a plan and gauge opinions.

    Except for the occasional interview, however, Hastert has kept a low public profile. He is scheduled to travel next week on behalf of Republican congressional candidates, although at least two of them have already cancelled planned events because of the controversy.


    Hastert is at the center of the storm, not just because he is the party's top official in the House. Questions have also been raised by other members of the leadership and by at least one key congressional aide about whether Hastert acted aggressively enough to address concerns over Foley's actions.

    While many Republicans assume that Hastert will step down as speaker sometime in the next week, Hastert and his advisers say he has no such plans. His current strategy is to take responsibility in a general sense and to ensure that the page program in which the young people with whom Foley communicated improperly by e-mail and instant messaging participated is safe for its participates.

    Thursday, Hastert's office announced a toll-free number that former pages can use as a tip line to report any past improper conduct.
    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=2531129&page=1

    I give it ten days, tops.
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    What the fuck would you expect from this ---------->

    he looks like a sick-fuck himself; i'm sure he has a kiddie dungeon in his basement w/ a freakin' wet bar for him and his f(r)iends.

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    Ooooooohh!!!! Interesting! You may be right.

    I found this while looking for something totally different:

    "You know, Hastert coached high school wrestling for years. Now I'm not saying he got into coaching wrestling because he liked to watch teenage boys grappling with each other and then showering naked in the locker room afterwards. I'm just saying he could be the sort of person who enjoys this sort of thing. We don't know. He does have a lot of ancillary interests out there.... Posted by: steve on September 1, 2004 at 4:16 AM"
    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/arc...597.php#249838

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    they are worried that the party does not have a plan in place to stop the damage from threatening their congressional majorities.
    Sure they do.

    They're frantically trying to deflect attention and answering anything even remotely related to the issue by making comments about Chapaquitic and other bullshit non sequiturs.

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