Maintaining power - It's job 1
The White House and top House Republicans remain deeply nervous that the scandal will hurt them politically, and that additional information will come out contradicting statements by Hastert and others that they were unaware of Foley's sexual messages to underage boys, the lawmakers and officials said.
For now, they said, it would be politically disastrous for Republicans to oust Hastert because it would be viewed as akin to a public admission of guilt in the scandal, as well as a pre-election victory that would buoy Democrats and help their turnout efforts.
And that is the metaphor for this entire Administration and its corrupt, incompetent allies in the Congress.
You have a job to do, whether it's to adminster a program for teenagers serving as personal assistants to Congresspeople, or to keep the country safe from terrorist attack. When you screw it up, the most important thing to think about is not, fixing the problem, or making sure that in the future you don't make the same mistakes.
The most important consideration is whether or not dealing with your screwups will help the Democrats.
Tell me again where partisanship originates? Tell me again who puts party before country?