Friday, October 06, 2006
Pelosi - Democrat Page Protector
Pelosi is still obstructing, and Reid is instructing her how to make a killing in Las Vegas real estate long after you sell it.
Nancy Pelosi turned down a suggestion from Speaker Dennis Hastert that they jointly appoint former FBI Director Louie Freeh to recommend improvements in the page program. She probably wanted Gerry Studds for the job.
"That was about protecting their majority" rather than the pages, she said dismissively.
Ah, the Democrats, protectors of pages. How soon we forget that in 1983, when the Democrats totally controlled Congress, and Tip O’Neill was Speaker, Congressman Gerry Studds, D-Mass., admitted he had sex many times in 1973 with a reluctant underage page, including on a European vacation, and continued serving in the House until he retired in 1997.
After Pelosi was elected in 1987, the Democratic leadership made Studds the Chairman , Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, in 1993. The Republican landslide in 1994 did not crush Studds, from ultra-liberal Massachusetts, but he lost his chairmanship and did not run for re-election in 1996.
When the Studds scandal broke, the Democrats didn’t worry about pages. Instead, they claimed that the “anti-gay crew worked hard to demonize him.” To Democrats, the issue was not protecting an underage government employee under their protection from a predatory superior, but of protecting a gay politician from the homophobes.
Ironically, Studd’s supporters (who also revere former Speaker Tip O’Neill as a god) are now rabid in their attacks on Foley and Speaker Hastert.
This issue is full of the rich stench of hypocrisy.