By coming forward with what he knows about sexually explicit solicitation of minors in the house of representatives, Jim Kolbe, a retiring member of that body, has done the right thing.
There is more he should do, and take responsibility for not having done more to stop this when he first discovered it five or more years ago. Nor do I think his motivations ought to be excluded from scrutiny. It may be that Jim Kolbe was himself courting these young people, but was doing so in a more delicate and implicit fashion. Even if so, there is no shame that he ought to feel for his thoughts if he took no improper actions.
It is important to discuss only in order to understand why he would not have said something sooner. His sense of shame, perhaps, for having the feelings he did, prevented his stepping forward and confessing his love for teens.
Jim Kolbe, you are shamed only for not stopping the molestation which may have transpired. You are asked to say what you know about everything that might help us discover where more secrets may be uncovered.
Jonathan Weisman in the Washington Post has the story.
Hat-tip to Christy Hardin Smith.
Update: Please observe Exhibit A – the Final Vote Results for Roll Call 508, on passage of the Military Commissions Act.
Jim Kolbe – Yea.
You are accused of committing a war crime. Please tell us everything you know.