Comedy via Mark Morford:
My Secret IMs With 'The Cowboy' In the wake of the Foley sex candal, Mark Morford reveals his chat with a "special" GOP friend
Cowby43 (8:34:20 PM): I like Libruls
Cwboy43 (8:34:50 PM): Is this thing on? Hello? I like Libruls. Hee hee hee OMG I like libruls and the weird thingz U do ha ha ha just like Mark Foley. wOOt!
WrtrGuy (8:35:10 PM): What? Who is this? How did you get this handle?
Cwboy43 (8:35:42 PM): I do. I like em. Libruls. can't help myselff. Dunt tell anyone. Things R gong badly here. No one to talk to. No one 2 ease my anxiety, you know?
WrtrGuy (8:35:57 PM): Anxiety? Wait, who is this, really?
An instant classic, in my opinion.
Although I will admit to a bit of frustration - I should have thought about doing something like this...
The way things are looking, please DO keep fighting, Denny:
J. Dennis Hastert, who was installed as House speaker eight years ago through backroom maneuvering in a moment of crisis for his party, has no distinct power base in Congress, not much of a national reputation and, in an age of television politics, little polish in front of the camera.
But Mr. Hastert has survived and survived to become the longest-serving Republican speaker. And on Thursday, standing outside his district office in Batavia, Ill., he made it clear that he did not intend to become a casualty of the Mark Foley scandal, saying he expected to win re-election to his seat and run for speaker again when the new Congress convenes in January.
Mr. Hastert made his statement soon after the leaders of the House ethics committee promised a vigorous investigation into the handling of the Foley case, approved dozens of subpoenas and said they expected to finish their work in weeks.
Why do I want him to keep fighting? I'll give you one guess:
House Republican candidates will suffer massive losses if House Speaker Dennis Hastert remains speaker until Election Day, according to internal polling data from a prominent GOP pollster, FOX News has learned.
"The data suggests Americans have bailed on the speaker," a Republican source briefed on the polling data told FOX News. "And the difference could be between a 20-seat loss and 50-seat loss."
And it isn't just internal GrOPer polling, either:
In yet another hurdle for Republicans, the scandals that have dogged Congress for the past year are prominent in the minds of many voters who say corruption will significantly influence their vote in November.
With midterm elections less than five weeks away, the latest Associated Press-Ipsos poll found that about half of likely voters say disclosures of corruption and scandal in Congress will be very or extremely important when they enter the voting booth.
About two out of three of those voters said they would cast their ballots for Democrats in House races, further complicating the political landscape for Republicans already struggling against negative public perceptions.
Keep your eyes open, because the GrOPers could do a lot of damage in their last throes...
Have a great weekend, everyone.
And look out for that (possible) October Surprise...