The level of denial Republicans are in over the Foley Scandal is amazing. August says it pretty well here. A post over at ThinkProgress deserves some attention for perfectly displaying the methodology of these assholes. In the clip, a Republican Congressman on CNN starts spouting nonsense about a Liberal conspiracy:
BLITZER: Do you have any evidence at all that Democrats or others might have been behind the timing of this scandal?
MCHENRY: Look, let?s be honest?
BLITZER: Do you have any evidence to back that charge up?
MCHENRY: No, no, actually, if the Democrats had any issue with saying this, putting all the facts out on the table, they would say, certainly, I?ll testify under oath that I had no involvement in it. They?ve said no.
BLITZER: Well, you don?t have any evidence, though, right?
MCHENRY: Well, look at the fact points.
BLITZER: Yes or no, do you have any evidence, Congressman?
MCHENRY: Do you have any evidence that they weren?t involved?
BLITZER: I?m just asking if you?re just throwing out an accusation or if you have any hard evidence.
The burden is on the Democrats to testify under oath because people with websites and this guy say so. This is what passes as political discourse in this country. It’s the same arguments that the creationists use: make claims without evidence and declare them correct when people can’t prove you wrong.
What the fuck are “fact points” by the way?
And I’m off to DC! The home of all the men ruining the country. Stop by Politics and Prose Thursday Night or the Small Press Expo in Bethesda on Friday and Saturday!