Cross Posted From Article of Faith:
While everyone is breathing heavy over the Mark Foley scandal [snicker], I would advise being as interested in this item:
Roberts Court May Be Defined in Second Term. Major issues facing the court this term include abortion rights, racial quotas in schools, punitive damages limits, the death penalty, and environmental issues.
Why is this as or more important the Foley scandal? Because Justice John Paul Stevens in 86 years old. If the Democrats fail to take the Senate, Bush could possibly get one more shot at installing a conservative kook in a seat on the court before the end of his term, and forever changing the direction of the court for a possible generation.
Remember the old joke…here are four words: AIDS, Herpes, Gonorrhea, Supreme Court Justice. Which one doesn’t belong? Gonorrhea…it’s the only one you can get rid of.
Long after Mark Foley is a footnote in history (and honestly, is it really news that Republican Congressmen like young boys?), the Supreme Court will be issuing decisions that impact you and me with far greater import than yet another sex scandal in the House.
Sure the allegation that the House Republican leadership covered up Foley’s peccadilloes for a period of at least five years is scandalous. And yes, the fact that Tubby Hastert launched an ivestigation into who leaked the story, as opposed to launching an investigation into why a known perv was allowed to retain his leadership position as co-chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, is troubling.
But this is all par for the course with the party of criminals and pedophiles. By all means, use the story as another cudgel with which to bash Republicans (Krugman has a must-read up today), but keep your eye on the prize…the Dems have to take the Senate this fall or there could be hell to pay on the judicial level for decades.
Pamela already has the latest polls on the Senate races here.