Mahoney with Wes Clark

Why Foley Scandal Is Biggest Issue In Mid-Terms

Here's what Mark Foley's former opponent -- and almost surely the next congressman from Foley's district -- said yesterday:

"It's clear from all of the reports coming in from across the country that the Republican leadership team has been well aware of this problem with the pages for well over a year. It looks to me that it was more important to hang on to a seat and hold on to power, than to take care of our children."

Tim Mahoney's words say it all -- and it's an issue that, unlike, say, health care and the war, will cut straight to the bloodstream of middle America, like political heroin. The GOP is toast and Dennis Hastert's days as speaker are numbered.

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