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October 13, 2006

Yoo, Boehner, Iowa knows THAT smell

You gotta wonder if a good many politicians aren't caught in some kind of time warp, thinking it's 1806, when it was possible to say one thing in one place and the exact opposite in another place and expect to get by with it because of a general lack of communication.

That thought comes to mind today, after Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, the House majority leader, said in Iowa that Democrats endangered House pages by sitting on information about the misconduct of Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., so they could spring the information just before the upcoming elections.

This is the same Rep. Boehner who told the Washington Post when the scandal broke that he had informed House Speaker Dennis Hastert about the Foley problem last spring. He recanted after the Post reported his remarks, claiming that he didn't really recall having told Hastert anything. A couple of days later, in a radio interview back in his home district in Ohio, he once again was saying he'd discussed Foley's emails to pages with Hastert, and that he'd assumed Hastert had taken care of the matter.

But, today, in Iowa, Boehner's latest version is that it is the Democrats who were endangering pages, not Foley and the House leaders who put on blinders when they were alerted to the problem many months, or even years, ago.

Sorry, Mr. Boehner, but here in Iowa we know the odor of barnyard crap when we smell it.

Posted by jcb at October 13, 2006 05:56 PM


As it turns out, there is a term for this bipartisan problem. It's called Pre-Googleian Liar.

"A Pre-Googleian Liar is one who doesn't realize how easy it is in the post-Google age to verify the truth or falsity of a statement". In this case, John Kerry.

Posted by: paladin at October 15, 2006 12:06 PM