Thursday, October 05, 2006

Taking responsibility
In a press conference today, Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert said he did nothing wrong in the Foley affair and will not resign. He then demonstrated his talent for improvisational humor by delivering the line "the bottom line is that we're taking responsibility because ultimately, as someone has said in Washington before, the buck stops here" with a complete straight face. Hastert's idea of taking responsibility has been to play down the seriousness of the crime, blame other congressmen for not telling him (they did), blame Bill Clinton and George Soros for plotting against him (they didn't), try and make a staffer take the fall (he refused), order an ivestigation of the press, order an investigation of the victims, and repeat that he didn't do anything wrong. In what way does any of that constitute "taking responsibility?"

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