None of this is to imply that the GOP doesn’t have its own predators. The difference is, Republicans don’t generally have the press providing 24/7 air cover.

Stephen Green

After yesterday’s post noting Cokie Roberts raining on the John Conyers “Old Man” meme advanced by Joe Scarborough, Jeffrey Toobin and Mike Brzezinski something hit me that I hadn’t though of concerning both Roberts and Brzezinski.

Mike Brzezinski’s late father has been a power player in Washington her entire life. He was an adviser to LBJ when she was born, National security adviser till she was 14 and remained well known and connected throughout his life.

Coke Roberts is the Daughter of former House Majority Lead Hale Boggs who was first elected in 1941, two years before she was born. After her father died in a plane crash in 1972 her mother Lindsay ran for the seat and won serving in congress till 1991.

This means that both of them had parents who were intimately familiar with Washington DC and the people in it. Furthermore Cokie parents in particular would have had a good grasp of the type of people the various members of congress were.

Maybe it’s just me, but if I had an attractive daughter who was working as a reporter in DC and I had some knowledge of who the leches on the hill were at the very least I just might have given them a heads up as to who to watch out for.

Now we don’t know if there was some kind of unwritten rule about preying on the families of fellow members or folks in DC resulting in a some kind of capital hill “do not grope or screw list” that might have provided these ladies with some cover, but it seems to me any parent worth their salt would warn them just to be on the safe side.

So that being the case I have this question for Mrs. Roberts and Ms Brzezinski:

Are you aware of any other current or former members of congress who have used their power to prey on women in the past and are there any men on capital hill that you were you warned about by either your parents or others on the hill to be careful of?

I think the answer to this question will speak volumes.

Yesterday on Morning Joe with the world blowing up around Rep John Conyers Joe Scarborough reiterated the status of the congressman as an Icon and implied that his issues came from advanced age. Mika backed him up citing the need to tell her own father that it was time to leave the public stage.

It was a narrative that was used by others as well Jeffrey Toobin at CNN said the same thing implying that his actions were all about advanced age and declining mental facilities.

It was an argument that might have resonated with many American who deal with elderly parents, if Cokie Roberts hadn’t let the cat out of the bag that is.

“Don’t get in the elevator with him, you know, and the whole every female in the press corps knew that, right, don’t get in elevator with him,” said Roberts. She continued, “Now people are saying it out loud. And I think that does make a difference.”

Now Ms. Roberts statements means one of two things. Either Mr. Toobin, Mr. Scarborough and Ms. Brzezinski despite decades of experience on Capital Hill were somehow completely ignorant concerning Mr. Conyers proclivities and thus played the old age card for Conyers, or they were not and attempt to deceive the public to hide their knowledge and decades of silence.

Which is it?