David Brooks blames Mark Foley’s child molestation on the “culture of expressive individualism” represented by The Vagina Monologues, and thinks that worrying about the failure of leadership among House Republicans misses the point.
In discussing the Foley case, the political class, with its unerring instinct for the aspect of any story that will be the least important to average Americans, has shifted attention from Foley’s act to Denny Hastert’s oversight of it. It has fled morality to talk about management.
Right. So only sexual self-restraint counts as “morality.” Protecting the children trusting parents have put under your care from the predatory behavior of your colleagues is just “management.”
Conclusion: What this country really needs is … more fanatical puritanism. Or, as Brooks puts it,
… the party that benefits from events like the Foley scandal will be the party that defines the core threats to the social fabric and emerges as the most ardent champion of moral authority.
(No, I’m not making this up, but the column is behind the Times Select paywall, which seems to me an excellent place for it.)