Alot of people have wondered if we need a new speaker. Obviously, Speaker Hastert was chosen because he was a clean slate and had no scandals. That being said, he has not really been a firebrand conservative leader like Newt was. I have heard alot of people say for awhile now that we need a new speaker.
Originally I heard Hastert will retire after this congress (2008) so many people felt we would just live with it for 2 more years then get someone good. After all, it would be very difficult to get rid of him without a good reason.
This scandal involving Foley could be the excuse to get rid of Hastert.
Of course this is assuming there is a House to lead next year.