There's an increasingly-annoying right-wing talking point, accusing the Democrats of "hiding behind" 12-year-old Graeme Frost when they chose him to explain how the SCHIP program had helped him. John Cole rips that particular idiocy to shreds by pointing out how all Frost had been chosen to do was to explain how SCHIP had helped him, and how he wished it would be available to help other kids as well. Nothing untoward, nothing sleazy, nothing underhanded.
On the other hand, if you want to see pure cowardice in action, you can't do better than former head of the National Republican Congressional Committee Tom Reynolds knowing he's about to give a press conference where reporters are about to dissect him for allegedly knowing about serial Internet stalker Mark Foley and ... well, let's let the transcript expose Reynolds' douchebaggery to the world:
In the fine tradition of George W. Bush standing under the "Mission Accomplished" sign, or any one of the Katrina backdrops (where no expense was spared to bring power to an area for a photo op, and then just as quickly cut off), we now have the head of the NRCC, Tom Reynolds, using small prop children as set decoration in a press conference devoted to the topic of…yes, predatory online sexual solicitation of minors.
Even the reporters present could not contain themselves:
Reporter: Congressman, do you mind asking the children to leave the room so we can have a frank discussion of this, because it's an adult topic. It just doesn't seem appropriate to me.
Reynolds: I'll take your questions, but I'm not going to ask any of my supporters to leave.
Reporter: Who are the children, Congressman? Who are these children?
Reynolds: Pardon me?
Reporter: Who are these children?
Reynolds: Well, a number of them are from the community. There are several of the "thirtysomething" set that are here and uh I've known them and I've known their children as they were born.
Reporter: Do you think it's appropriate for them to be listening to the subject matter though?
Reynolds: Sir, I'll be happy to answer your questions, I'm still, uh…
Yes, that's Reynolds, knowing that he was going to get chewed up and spit out, frantically calling in the troops and surrounding himself with children in order to cow the journalists into civility. Strangely, the Dumbass-o-sphere didn't seem to have a problem with that. Go figure.