I have to admit that when I first heard about the Foley email thing last week I thought it was a simple political hatchet job. The initial reports detailed emails that to me sounded pretty pedestrian. I couldn't understand how a congressman making small talk with a former page via email was anything more than political nicety. Wow, was I wrong.
When a Republican member of congress who was sailing to re-election—in this most critical mid-term year—abruptly resigns and heads for the hills, you know there's something nasty lurking in his closet. And now the stink is sticking to GOP leadership who are being questioned about how they handled the initial report that Foley was getting a bit too friendly with underage pages. The Justice Department is now involved and Foley himself has gone Hollywood by checking himself into rehab. Get ready for this to be the October Surprise Rove wasn't counting on.
UPDATE: ABC has what they say are transcripts (PDF) from one of Foley's IM sessions with a young page. It gets pretty nasty--fair warning.