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No, it’s not a line out of Gilbert and Sullivan; it’s a line out of this AP story, which takes up the crucial question in the scandal all of Washington is calling, with cheeky brilliance, “Foleygate”: “What did GOP leaders know and when did they know it?” As Media Matters notes, the press inititally bought Dennis Hastert’s spin that the emails Republican leaders were “over friendly” (which they were!), but is now rallying to the the view that, as one Republican strategist says, “[It’s not] so much about Foley as it is about the handling of this.” Democrats, once again the beneficiaries of a Republican disaster they did nothing to bring about, are “delighted.”

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