If, just a week or two ago, you were to ask most voters in Mark Foley's congressional district what the chances were that Foley enjoyed cybersex with teenage boys, you'd have heard that answer more than once. If you got an answer at all. After all, most people would find the suggestion too outrageous to even consider seriously.
It's not unthinkable any more, of course. Not now that he's resigning.
But then, two weeks ago, you would have been laughed at for even bringing it up. "There's no way a Congressman could get away with sexually harassing kids working in his office. The first wrong thing he said, he'd be reported."
One former page tells ABC News that his class was warned about Foley by people involved in the program.Now, imagine that Congressional leaders knew about this, but did nothing. Said nothing. Ignored the accusations for nearly a year, until the press got a hold of them.
Other pages told ABC News they were hesitant to report Foley because of his power in Congress.
Just as unthinkable as the suggestion that an administration could deliberately misuse intelligence to justify a war. Or mismanage a war to enrich its allies. Or misapply antiterrorism legislation to destroy its political enemies. It would be too outrageous to even suggest.
There is a time and a place for sentiments attributing noble and decent sentiments to people, for putting faith in our leaders, for assuming they have our best interests at heart.
Now is not that time.
The Swamp is not that place.
Things are bad.