Damage Control for US Republicans

Some tidbits from an article on the BBC website today…click on the title above for the full article.

The sexually-charged and politically explosive scandal over a former Republican congressman’s explicit e-mails to teenage boys has thrown party leaders and the White House into full-blown damage limitation mode.

It was only this July that the disgraced politician was pictured in the White House rose garden, shaking hands with President Bush at the signing of a bill protecting children from sexual predators.

As Ed Rollins, a Republican strategist, says: “These are issues that people understand.

“They may not understand National Intelligence Estimates, they may not understand whether Bill Clinton did this, or George Bush did that [in the battle against al-Qaeda], but they understand when someone is sending perverted e-mails to young people.”

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