Let me get this straight. An out-and-proud Democrat (Gary Studds) buggers a 17-year-old boy in 1983.
Republicans: OMG SO WRONG. *censure*
Democrats: OMG HOMOPHOBIA HOW DARE U QUESTION THE PURITY OF THEIR TWO WUV?
Constituents: *re-elect. six times*
Fast-forward to 2006. A closeted Republican exchanges inappropriate (but fairly innocuous) emails with a 17-year-old page. Drudge is now reporting that the IMs that everyone's been having a hissy fit about were with an 18-year-old. Which, ick, still wrong. But no actual buggering (that we know of yet) takes place.
Republicans: OMG SO WRONG. Dude, just resign, k?
Foley: I am ashamed. *resigns*
Democrats: WHO KNEW WHAT WHEN? WE WANT DENNY HASTERT'S HEAD ON A PLATTER! Rawr, growl, snarl.
Press: *has field day*
And this is the difference between Republicans and Democrats. We police our own. Democrats condone, defend, and re-elect...as long as the offender is a member of their own party.