Pass the Republi-Buck
UPDATE: MSNBC folks are discussing the "four dozen subpoenas" that the House Ethics Committee discussed issuing in its investigation of the Foley and surrounding mess. There appears to be agreement that this is going to drip, drip, drip out for the next few months, which is bad news for Republicans. Norah O'Donnell saying that moms are having a horrible reaction to this, which is a huge concern to Republicans. Hastert told Paul Weyrich that the conversation that Boehner says occurred never happened — and so the "pass the Republi-buck" continues. Still waiting for Hastert's presser. Nothing like leaving the media waiting for an hour, eh, Denny?
UPDATE #2 (2:35 pm ET): Hastert finally showed up for his presser. Statement first to the effect of:
Via Crooks and Liars, I found this Daily Show clip on the game of "Pass the Republi-Buck" that has been going around the GOP leadership. Insightful, no?
Sometimes, when the news is this putrid, laughter really is the best medicine. Well, and a few squicky, irritating disgusting elbows thrown in for good measure.
It's dueling press conferences today — the Ethics Committee has one, Hastert (R-IL) is having one…who knows who will show up in front of a microphone before the day is out. Tom Reynolds (R-NY) showed up at a fundraiser with George Pataki and First Lady Laura Bush and a passel of American flags. (Has enyone else noticed a relationship between the sheer number of flags people put behind themselves having a direct correlation to the amount of political trouble they perceive they may be in at that moment? If so, Reynolds is feeling very insecure these days…sheesh.)
George Will is surprisingly readable today — and by that, I mean, he's as disgusted with this whole mess as we are. More as we get it.
(Oh, and FYI, Froomkin is great again today. Must read stuff here, including some great follow-up on the signing statement issue. H/T to reader Madison Guy for the Reynolds link.)