- Nov 22, 2003
I hope so, anyways:
GOP Firing Back?
INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY
Campaign: As Democrats refuse to let up on former Rep. Mark Foley, some Republicans are returning fire. But they'll have to do a lot more fighting back if they want to win on Election Day.
Time and again Democrats prove themselves to be ferocious street fighters, especially in campaign season. When they get hit, they instinctively hit right back.
For instance, it was more than 15 years ago that Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., was reprimanded for violating House rules to help his "roommate" Stephen Gobie, who was running a male prostitution service out of Frank's Washington apartment.
Democrats didn't make Frank resign, which Foley did instantly. And they certainly didn't cower or become paralyzed.
The brazen, unapologetic Frank remains in Congress, and will become chairman of the House Financial Services Committee if the Democrats gain control.
But lately, we must say, the GOP has been showing some grit:
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., gave it to his possible 2008 presidential foe, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., after she blamed North Korea's nuclear test on the Bush administration.
McCain pointed out that "every single time the Clinton administration warned the Koreans not to do something not to kick out the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) inspectors, not to remove the fuel rods from their reactor they did it. And they were rewarded every single time by the Clinton administration with further talks."
Moderate Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., often sounds more like a Democrat than a Republican, but after his Democratic challenger, Diane Farrell, called for House Speaker Denny Hastert of Illinois to resign, Shays came out swinging.
He noted that "the speaker didn't go over a bridge and leave a young person in the water and then hold a press conference the next day." Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., who did just that at Chappaquiddick in 1969, has campaigned for Farrell.
It's also encouraging that Republicans know that Americans care more about what was in Sandy Berger's pants than Foley's sleazy private life. Duncan Hunter, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and James Sensenbrenner, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, have called for a probe of Bill Clinton's national security adviser.
Berger was fined $50,000 after pleading guilty to seizing and destroying classified documents from the National Archives in 2003. He may have been covering up Clinton failures on terrorism.
But much more must be done.
After all, the Democrats' Senate leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, reportedly pocketed more than a million dollars in a land deal with a longtime friend who has mob ties. And Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., who was found with $90,000 in cash hidden in his freezer and stands accused of a bribery scheme, remains in Congress.
The GOP has no excuse letting itself be seen as a party of scandal.