FOLEY AS METAPHOR….The Mark Foley scandal is only marginally about Foley himself. More broadly, it’s about the how the House Republican leadership handled the scandal and what that says about the Republican Party itself:

Many strategists in both parties believe the scandal might echo principally as a metaphor for a GOP leadership that over the past year has drawn more attention for ethical lapses and partisan turmoil than legislative achievements.

….A frustrated GOP strategist who spoke on the condition of anonymity essentially agreed, saying his party’s mishandling of Foley “speaks to our inability to govern and do the right thing. It says everything about who we are as a party.”

Mike O’Hare has more along these lines.

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