Shoulda Coulda Woulda

The point is they shoulda investigated the emails then coulda found the instant messages. But I wonder if they woulda done anything differently. FromGlenn Greenwald

But the scandal here is that Hastert and friends deliberately avoided investigating the glaring signs that Foley was sexually pursuing pages. If Hastert avoided learning about the IMs, it is because he and his House allies purposely chose to look the other way. Hastert’s letter seeks to reward himself for that failure by proclaiming from the start that anyone who did not discover the IMs should be deemed from the beginning to have done nothing wrong — even if they did not learn of the IMs because they avoided looking into this matter, and even if they had ample other reason to suspect that Foley was a predator but did nothing.

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  1. Along the same lines, fro Mathew Yglesias:
    When considering the House leadership’s preposterous effort to exonerate themselves in this mess, it’s worth considering the sheer speed with which the story has developed. Integral to the leadership’s case is Dennis Hastert’s effort to draw a distinction between Foley’s emails, and Foley’s IM messages. And, of course, Hastert’s right — the former were suggestive, but not damning in the way the IMs were.
    That said, the emails were genuinely suggestive — weird, inappropriate communications that suggested something bigger was going on. Various media organizations saw the emails and when they did, they decided to dig deeper, leading to the IMs. And it didn’t take very long once people were on the case. The difference, in other words, isn’t that the press saw something (the IMs) that the GOP leadership didn’t see. The difference is that when ABC News and others saw smoke, they went looking for fire. They investigated. When Hastert and co. saw smoke, by contrast, they decided to turn off the smoke detectors and hope the house didn’t burn down until after the midterms. Which is bad enough on its own terms, but when you think about it is also more-or-less how today’s Republican Party handles information of all kinds, up to and including things directly related to the conduct of shooting wars.

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