As tempting as it is to say, today, that GOP stands for “gang of pedophiles,” precision requires that I point out former Rep. Mark Foley isn’t, technically, a pedophile. Pedophiles are sexually attracted to children, and it seems Foley was jonesin’ for post-pubescent boyflesh in the form of teenage congressional pages. The correct term for this attraction is “ephebophilia,” which is, unfortunately, a word practically nobody knows.
Now you do. I didn’t know it myself until a few years ago, when a bunch of Catholic priests introduced it to the world.
Foley’s still a creep — I couldn’t get through the IM record of his shenanigans without gagging — but you know, I think we ought to be precise in our language.
So maybe Gaggle of Perverts works better, eh?
But as many have pointed out, and many more will point out in the future, it’s not the crime that gets you, it’s the cover-up.