After all this time when I’ve been pointing out the bizarre passivity of Republican Party Congressional leaders who had a big majority to work with, and all the times when I’ve semi-seriously opined that the Dems were blackmailing Boehner and his buds…
…it was oddly satisfying to learn that the Dems (or the Chinese, or somebody) had indeed had something on Dennis Hastert all these years, and that he had been making blackmail payments.
Now the question is what they have on Boehner, a certain Supreme Court Justice, and some others.
(Of course, there’s always the possibility of hostages and bribes, too, but I don’t think you could bribe somebody enough to make him not use some of the biggest powers available to US officials. Coercion has always seemed much more likely.)