So Dennis Hastert just came out of hibernation to give the most pointless press conference ever. Louis Freeh, who would have made a comically terrible choice for
“independent” investigator revising the Page program (say what?), turned it down and Nancy Pelosi would have killed the idea anyway. So all we have now is yesterday’s news, half-formed rumors about even bigger shoes waiting to drop and Dennis Hastert taking back what he said before he even says it. In the midst of all this, Steve Benen suggests the GOP strategy going forward:
Hastert reportedly wants to seize control of this situation and go on the offensive.
Hastert wants to go on the offensive? Against whom? The scandal was started by a leak from a lifelong Republican. Claims that people who knew about Foley’s behavior did not contact the authorities are plainly false.
Maybe Hastert seriously thinks that he can win by inventing a conspiracy of limp-wristed GOP staffers on whom to pin the whole mess. For Hastert’s sake I hope not. Scapegoating Kirk Fordham worked so well for them and Fordham is just one guy. How will they like dozens of burned John Deans leaking what they know to the press? Good staffers keep track of their Reps’ dirty secrets, in order to keep them out of the press. Great ones keep the documentation.
On second thought, Hastert should go for it. Show that velvet mafia who’s boss.
Heckuva job, Denny.