Friday, February 10, 2006
The Associated Press has a detailed story of Harry Reid's close involvement with Jack Abramoff's lobbying firm. I wonder if Howard Dean knew about Reid's close ties when he went on TV and said that any Democratic politician who was involved with Abramoff should resign. I suspect that he doesn't like Reid who returns the feeling and Dean wouldn't mind seeing one of his inside-the-beltway critics who doesn't like how Dean has been running the DNC. And note the weasly way that Reid has been responding to questions about the donations that he received from Abramoff clients. He talked about how he's never met Abramoff and that this was a Republican scandal. Well, he might never have met him, but his staff were meeting with people from Abramoff's firm. He was getting donations and then doing what those Abramoff clients wanted. It's the type of thing that congressmen and their staffs do every day of the week. It just so happens that this lobbyist was corrupt. That doesn't necessarily mean that the politician was corrupt. But, if we're going to tar every Republican who had any contact or received any donation from Abramoff or his clients, then throw Reid into that tar pit.
Posted by Betsy Newmark at 6:34 AM