“Despite Hastert’s red-faced bluster, that’s not the Democrats’ fault. That’s not the fault of a Jewish banker, or those oh-too-attractive-for-a-congressman-to-leave-alone young high school students. Hastert could have taken care of this and every other GOP scandal that has rocked the house at any time. He didn’t, by House and Republican design. Now it’s a campaign issue. He blew it, not some cabal of hidden enemies with the audacity to be outraged at it all. Reynolds can hide behind all the preadolescent kids he wants, and Hastert can continue to swat at imaginary enemies circling his head like pixies, but nobody’s buying it. They look like chumps because they are chumps.”
DailyKos, October 6, 2006.