As I write this, former Speaker of the House Denny Hastert (R-Il) is preparing to start serving his federal banking beef (structuring) sentence of 15 months in The Big House.
I do not write this with relish. It is yet another black eye for the conservative movement, much like the day that Richard Nixon resigned.
Denny, my former congressman whom I voted for several times as the representative to the U.S. Congress from the 14th district in Illinois (my home) has not only let me down, he has let down all of us conservatives with his felonious activities. I don't want to get into those, as they are all heinous and deserving of punishment of the highest order. If you ask me, Denny got off with a rap on the knuckles.
His biggest failure, however, was as Speaker of the House in 2005, during the Mark Foley scandal. He knew of this scumbag's malfeasance for years, and chose to do nothing. Accordingly, Nancy Pelosi used the Mark Foley scandal to beat the Republicans over the head, and rightly so painting the GOP as running a 'culture of corruption.' And this successful campaign by Pelosi resulted in the loss of the House in 2006. A direct result of Denny's failures.
And why did Denny not purge Mark Foley? Likely because HE HIMSELF had identical skeletons in his own closet, and allowed the country to suffer incalculable damage at the hands of the Democrat majority in Congress for the next 10 years, rather than act to clean up the GOP's act.
I never want to hear of this pathetic scumbag again. A pox on him and his house.
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