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For us Republicans, I’m afraid, pretty bad. The Foley scandal is a microcosm of what’s wrong with Congress: Arrogance, Hypocrisy and Venality. And it has two elements that make it politically lethal: It’s simple. And it’s sex. There are no clandestine deals with lobbyists. No labyrinthine money trails. Just sex and instant messaging. There are three things a politician in a mess like this can do. Confess. Lie. Or go into rehab. Foley has already done all three.

A week ago it didn’t seem feasible but Republican leaders in Congress have done the impossible. They found a way to get voters’ minds off Iraq.

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