Both of these items are utterly desperate attempts to shift blame; they are so ludicrous that when I read them, I just closed the browser window and walked away for a while.
* Official: Hastert to take responsibility. That headline sounds fine, right? Denny’s going to step up to the plate. Well, the story goes off the deep end when you get to this section about half way down.
Hastert asserted Wednesday that any Republicans urging his ouster were playing into the hands of Democrats and blamed his problems on the media and Democratic operatives, even suggesting former President Clinton might somehow be involved.
“All I know is what I hear and what I see,” he said in an interview with the Chicago Tribune on the eve of the ethics meeting. “I saw Bill Clinton‘s adviser, Richard Morris, was saying these guys knew about this all along, If somebody had this info, when they had it, we could have dealt with it then.”
…Hastert said “people funded by George Soros,” a liberal billionaire who has plowed millions into this and other election campaigns, want to see the scandal blow up. And he warned that when the GOP “base finds out who’s feeding this monster, they’re not going to be happy.”
They have to work the Clenis into everything. Not to be outdone in the conspiracy department was Queen Drudge, who lobbed this out into the middle of the room.
According to two people close to former congressional page Jordan Edmund, the now famous lurid AOL Instant Message exchanges that led to the resignation of Mark Foley were part of an online prank that by mistake got into the hands of enemy political operatives, the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal.
According to one Oklahoma source who knows the former page very well, Edmund, a conservative Republican, goaded an unwitting Foley to type embarrassing comments that were then shared with a small group of young Hill politicos. The prank went awry when the saved IM sessions got into the hands of political operatives favorable to Democrats.
The primary source, an ally of Edmund, adamantly proclaims that the former page is not a homosexual. The prank scenario was confirmed by a second associate of Edmund. Both are fearful that their political careers will be affected if they are publicly brought into the investigation.
Jesus, this is brain-dead. Miss Drudge was quickly b*tch-slapped by ABC…(Raw Story):
Faced with claims by the conservative political website The Drudge Report on Thursday that lurid instant message exchanges between disgraced former Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL) and the former page who was outed on a conservative website yesterday were the result of an elaborate prank, insiders at ABC News say the network stands behind its story.
…Sources inside ABC News tell RAW STORY that the evidence of widespread misconduct by Foley is overwhelming and rules out the possibility that the entire scandal is based on a prank or a sting.
“This couldn’t be a prank,” one high-placed insider said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the story. “Everything I’ve seen indicates that it can’t be. Clearly there’s been an effort on the part of this gentleman [Drudge] and another blogger…to come back at us.”
“[Drudge] doesn’t say anything about the fact that there’s more than one conversation out there,” said another source.