Tuesday, October 03, 2006



You just knew it was coming. You knew that there would be some classless jerkface who would make the argument that the 16 and 17 year old male pages were actually to blame for Mark Foley's problems. After all, isn't that how it always works with pedophiles - it's the kids' faults for being so damn seductive.
And this is almost exactly what one Matt Drudge said. Here is one clip transcript, courtesy of Jane Hamsher at Firedoglake:
And if anything, these kids are less innocent — these 16 and 17 year-old beasts…and I've seen what they're doing on YouTube and I've seen what they're doing all over the internet — oh yeah — you just have to tune into any part of their pop culture. You're not going to tell me these are innocent babies. Have you read the transcripts that ABC posted going into the weekend of these instant messages, back and forth? The kids are egging the Congressman on! The kids are trying to get this out of him. We haven't got the whole story on this.

First of all, "beasts"?! What the hell is that? Next, he's seen what "they're doing on YouTube" and all over the internet - am I the only one who is wondering my Matt Drudge is trolling around YouTube looking at what underage kids are doing? In fact, much like the first documented email from Foley to an underage boy should have raised big red flags, I'm sort of thinking that what Drudge is saying here is raising all kinds of red flags with me. Seriously, this is really kind of creepy. Then he continues by outright blaming the kids for egging Foley on. Um, I can dangle a lure all day in the water but it's not my fault if the fish decides to take the bait; and that's even giving Drudge the benefit of the doubt that the kids were actually trying to bait Foley.

Drudge continues on this insane path with more "blame the boys" nonsense:

You could say "well Drudge, it's abuse of power, a congressman abusing these impressionable, young 17 year-old beasts, talking about their sex lives with a grown man, on the internet." Because you have to remember, those of us who have seen some of the transcripts of these nasty instant messages. This was two ways, ladies and gentlemen. These kids were playing Foley for everything he was worth. Oh yeah. Oh, I haven't…they were talking about how many times they'd masturbated, how many times they'd done it with their girlfriends this weekend…all these things and these "innocent children." And this "poor" congressman sitting there typing, "oh am I going to get any," you know?

I again refer you to my previous statement. It doesn't matter if they were offering Foley a million dollars to talk dirty to them, adults cannot and should not and must not engage in any sort of questionable behavior with underage boys. End of story. That Drudge is actually using this as a jusitification demonstrates two points - that the GOP and their mouthpieces will go to any lengths to hold onto the power they've held in the House for the past twelve years and that there is no way that anyone should ever leave a little boy in the same room alone with Drudge, lest they tempt him with the sexual wiles.

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