But for now, Foley’s e-mails and IM’s are disgusting enough. And even though there is enough sleaze to fill buckets on both sides of the political aisle, it is the Republican Party of Foley, Abramoff, Cunningham, Ney and DeLay that will be on the ballot next month. ~Joe Scarborough, MSNBC

That’s a pretty inspiring list of crooks and villains.  It’s beginning to feel a lot like 1994 just after Rostenkowski was indicted.  Except that Rostenkowski’s crimes were old-fashioned corruption and fraud, not preying on minors, and the leadership was not so directly implicated in a cover-up.  Hotline’s Chuck Todd now considers this scandal to be an “8 or 9″ on the Richter scale of political earthquakes, and it can probably only be quelled by Hastert’s resignation as Speaker–and The Washington Times agrees.  That’s not going to happen, and it is going to hurt the GOP in a big way. 

Revised reckless predictions (if Hastert doesn’t resign): Democrats win a 10-seat majority in the House and secure control of the Senate at 52-48.