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The Foley Folly Fall-out

Posted by Mark on October 8, 2006

There aren’t many pollsters I trust. One that I do trust is Frank Luntz. This editorial is worth reading a few times. And, if you’re a conservative, worth leaving in the mailbox of your local Republican politician.

For Republicans to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, they need to acknowledge in the waning days of the election what the Democrats refused to accept in 1994: it’s time for a change. I was involved in the 1994 elections, and I will never forget the arrogance of the Democrats back then, and how they refused to accept the electoral reality facing them.

It is no different today. It’s time to admit mistakes, to acknowledge voter frustration, and to once again reaffirm the principles that kept them in the majority for more than a decade. This is not giving up — it is the only way to give themselves the slimmest of chances. They must return to being the Republican Party of new ideas, not a party whose only idea is to do what it takes to survive.

But, while you’re leaving things in politicians’ mailboxes, leave this from Mark Steyn as well:

So the only question now is whether there is any larger issue here worth spending 10 minutes on.

And the answer to that is obvious. This was a honey trap (as they used to say in the Cold War) designed to leverage one peripheral figure’s squalid fantasies into political opportunity. It’s as predictable as the leaves falling from the trees, except that it only occurs every other autumn. Still, I take my hat off to the media and Democratic Party. Indeed, in the spirit of Bill Clinton, I take my pants off to them. It is a remarkable achievement to have transformed, in little more than a week, the GOP into the Catholic Diocese of Boston with Speaker Hastert as Cardinal Law and the page program as the massed ranks of 7-year-old altar boys. What an awesome force the Dems would be if only the ruthless skill and cunning that went into this operation could be applied to, say, national security.

But I very much doubt, despite the expertise with which the sheep have been rounded up and set baa-ing, that Showtime at the Foley Bergere will pay off in November. There are many legitimate reasons for electors to toss out the Republican Congress, but the notion that they’re a hotbed of gay pedophile enablers is not one of them. Had Foley dug in and attempted to cling on, his GOP colleagues would have been all over TV deploring his behavior, calling on him to step down, expressing outrage, etc. After two or three days, a few lefties might even have piped up to assail the Republican theocrat sexual McCarthyites tormenting the poor chap. Had he actually had sex with congressional pages, affronted gay groups would have pointed out this was perfectly legal in the relevant jurisdictions and would have complained ferociously about the stigmatizing of gay relationships and Democrats would have declared there should be places for all at the American table, especially had Foley done a Jim McGreevey and announced that “my truth is I am a gay American.” A few quirks of timing and the parties’ respective roles might have been entirely reversed. Scandalwise, the Republicans always play the submissive masochists but the Dems are bi-swingers, happy to flay the GOP as either (a) uptight prudes or (b) pedophile enablers, according to what suits. What would have been consistent in both narratives is the assumption by the Democrats, the media and the Gay Page Tip-Line end of the Republican Party is that the electorate is stupid. In the sense that there’s any “child abuse” going on here, the American people are being treated like children and abused by the politico-media class.

This last week is unbecoming of a mature democracy. In the wider world, America can survive being the Great Sa- tan, but not the Great Laughingstock.

And so the Foley Follies continue.

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The Final Straw

Posted by Mark on October 8, 2006

Hopefully….it will be.

Great Britain has a MULTITUDE of problems with their current Muslim population. And now…it looks to get worse.

Jack Straw increased tensions with sections of Britain’s Muslim community over use of the Islamic veil yesterday by declaring his opposition to women wearing them at all.

The Leader of the Commons faced anger from Muslim groups, but won backing from, among others, the Prime Minister, a bishop and a Muslim peer.

Mr Straw, the MP for Blackburn, where one in five of his constituents is Muslim, toured broadcasting studios setting out his concerns that the growing use of veils that cover the face was damaging community relations. He had disclosed in a Lancashire newspaper that he had been asking constituents if they would mind removing the niqab covering their faces during meetings, so that he might see their facial expressions.

Uh….seems REASONABLE to me. I know I always like being able to see the person I’m talking to….especially if they’re 2 feet from me and FACING ME!

Ahmed Versi, the editor of Muslim News, said that it had become “open season to demonise Islam”, adding: “Straw’s action will exacerbate fragile community relations. It will also send signals to Muslim women to keep away from his surgery, leading to refusal to participate in the democratic process.”

On Thursday Massoud Shadjareh, of the Islamic Human Rights Commission, accused Mr Straw of discrimination.

SAY WHAT?

Just how insane are these people? (Uh….that was rhetorical…no answer is necessary.) Straw asks a woman to remove her veil so that he can speak with her directly and that constitutes DISCRIMINATION?

Okay….time for the punchline: The Muslims need to stop with their veiled threats.

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