The Note: Everything Is Relational

The Post adds, that a source with direct knowledge of Kolbe's involvement said the messages shared with Kolbe were sexually explicit, and he read the contents to the Washington Post under condition that they are not reprinted. But Korenna Cline, Kolbe's press secretary, denied the source's characterization, saying only that the messages had made the former page feel uncomfortable. Nevertheless, she said, "corrective action" was taken. Cline said she still has not yet determined whether that action went beyond Kolbe's confrontation with Foley.

Foley: what did Hastert's office know and when did they know it?:

On Saturday, the Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman reported that Hastert chief of staff Scott Palmer "confronted Foley about his inappropriate social contact with male pages well before the Speaker said aides in his office took any action, a current congressional staff member with personal knowledge of Foley and his behavior with pages said yesterday." LINK

ABC's John Yang matched the Washington Post report for ABCNews.com. LINK

In the Wall Street Journal's Weekend Edition, David Rogers reported that although Fordham went to Palmer instead, "it would have been logical for Mr. Palmer to tell Mr. Van Der Meid of any meeting he had about the pages."

Joe Klein of Time discusses President Bush's value for "loyalty over competence or accountability" for his support of Hastert "despite the fact that Hastert's inability to control the Foley fiasco could well cost the Republicans control of Congress. LINK

Time's Karen Tumulty proclaims "the end of a revolution" for the Republican Party. When Republican Speaker of the House Hastert was asked to resign, he stated, "If I fold up my tent and leave, then where does that leave us?" For the GOP, "hold on to power has become not just the means but also the end." LINK

Foley: political fallout:

In addition to the Reynolds race (NY-26) and Foley's old seat (FL-16), the newly competitive contests are:

CA-04: John Doolittle (R) vs. Charles Brown (D)

CA-11: Richard Pombo (R) vs. Jerry McNerney (D)

CO-04: Marilyn Musgrave (R) vs. Angie Paccione (D)

KY-02: Ron Lewis (R) vs. Mike Weaver (D)

NV-02: Dean Heller (R) vs. Jill Derby (D)

With a Virginia Beach, VA dateline, David Kirkpatrick of the New York Times takes the post-Foley political temperature of some evangelical Christians and finds that the page sex scandal may not cause Christians to turn away from the Republican Party. LINK

The New York Times' Adam Nagourney delivered a Saturday must-read on the expanded map of Republican House seats now in serious contention due to the Foley story. LINK

Janet Hook in Sunday's Los Angeles Times breaks down the effects of the Mark Foley affair with a state-by-state outlook. LINK

"Bush has complained. . . that the scandal torpedoes furious GOP efforts to reenergize a dispirited political base -- especially Christian conservatives," reported the New York Daily News' DeFrank on Sunday. LINK

"'There's steam coming out of his ears over the Foley thing,' someone who talks to the President regularly said. 'The base is starting to get turned off again.'"

In Sunday's Washington Post, Grunwald and Cillizza had a frustrated GOP strategist saying "his party's mishandling of Foley 'speaks to our inability to govern and do the right thing. It says everything about who we are as a party.'" LINK

More on the spread of the Foley fallout and it's meaning for the GOP from today's Chicago Tribune. LINK

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