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The thing with Foley is that one of the central tenets of the Republican Party since the rise of Reaganism has been that they are the party of "family values."

The Democrats - the party of Clinton and Kennedy - may argue that they will make your family more fiscally secure [ie. raise the minimum wage, expand healthcare coverage], but they've mostly been an "whatever you do in the privacy of your own home" party.

Foley himself took part in writing legislation to protect youth from sex offenders and also ran on the "family values" platform. So Foley's very detailed and public advances to underage boys is a great political way to negate the Republican's "family values" strength.

The Republicans sort of brought this one on themselves.

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