If the Democrats' main argument concerning disgraced former Representative Mark Foley is that Republican leadership's alleged failure to act endangered other pages.......then what's their excuse?
Several Democrats directly linked to House Democratic members and leadership are saying that they had the emails and instant messages in their possession for months -- but held off acting.
For instance, John Aravosis at Americablog was bragging last week:
Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) had a rather creepy email exchange with a young page a while back. I received copies of these emails several months ago, but couldn’t confirm their veracity so I did not report on them.
Which would be exactly the first time in which a lack of confirmation has prevented Aravosis from publishing anything.
So I guess the question is this: if Foley was such an immediate danger to children, why didn't the Dems do anything -- especially when they had the damning instant messages in addition to the emails?
UPDATE: Mike Rogers's public admittance that he was one of ABC's sources AND had access to more than just the emails in question rather strengthens the case that the Dems knew about this well in advance and chose not to act immediately.
However, his bragging about feeding information to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, specifically to staffer Bill Burton, well before the Foley emails and IMs were ever published makes the attempts by Democrats to deny previous knowledge look extremely stupid.
Cluelessly, Mike Rogers whines that the DCCC is going through and deleting evidence of his comments on their blog. You wonder if he realizes that he's doing more than anything else to make it obvious that Dems, for all their rhetoric about inaction meaning more children would be molested, were quite OK with leaving children to be molested so that they could break this story at the most opportune time.