Who _doesn't_ want to be molested by an old white guy with legislative powers? I know when I was a teenager, all I dreamt about was my congressman Jim McDermott... But it does go to show that there really is no such thing as bad publicity.
Dude, every politically minded gay teen in America probably signed up. The boys' dorm is gonna be a non-stop nerd orgy next year.
They are all just a bunch of slots! SLOTS!
I interned in Congress for a while, and was a House page in Washington State. I was in Congress during Tom Delay's last, ugly months in power. Frankly, any teen that did sign up 'round then was a Republican-haircut wearing GOPer. And we all know from national polls that young people are increasingly Democrat.
It makes sense that kids weren't flocking to the program---you'd have to spend hours bumping up against people you *hated* and were rumored to be pedophiles. And miss homecoming.
Now that Democrats are in power, a lot of kids who volunteered on their local campaigns are getting applying with letters of recommendation from their new members of congress. All together, it makes sense that there's a big up tick in applications.
I would have loved to have been a Congressional page, but I didn't know about the program 17 years ago. (Fuck, I'm getting OLD!) As soon as the scandal broke I tried to convince the 15 year old that I mentor that she should apply. Unfortunately, she's not interested.
I would have applied for the program--I seriously looked into it--but as was pointed out earlier...as a Democrat-supporting(wishing I could vote) libertarian, I was loathe to be around so many goddamn Republicans. Too old now.
Was it really so *shocking* to a 16 year old boy to be proposistioned by an adult male?
Maybe my own experiences as a straight female can't compare. But I was propositioned any number of times by adult men when I was a teenager.
Am I just being naieve not to understand how awful Foley truly was?
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