And while he concedes his behavior was "extraordinarily stupid," he remains somewhat unwilling to accept full public scorn. These were 17-year-olds, just months from being men, he insists. "There was never anywhere in those conversations where someone said, 'Stop,' or 'I'm not enjoying this,' or 'This is inappropriate' ... but again, I'm the adult here, I'm the congressman," Foley said. "The fact is I allowed it to happen. That's where my responsibility lies."Oh man, Mark. Can you sound a little bit more in denial of your hypocrisy, maybe?
"The work I was doing was involving young children ... You know, you hear the term 'pedophile.' That is prepubescent," Foley said, noting a "huge difference" from lurid chats with teens on the brink of adulthood.Yes it's actually a sad story about a sad man. Less sad, of course, is the story of John Edwards, the smooth-talkin' populist whose political career imploded when it was revealed he carried on an extra-marital affair with a crazy woman and probably fathered her child. He addressed some students at Indiana University on the subject of poverty, and talked a bit about the election, and didn't talk at all about Rielle Hunter and his lovechild. He'd like to be remembered as an anti-poverty crusader, and not as a slick narcissistic asshole. Sorry, John.