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National Review Agrees Abramoff is a Republican Scandal

by RonChusid

Rich Lowry of National Review agrees that Abramoff is a Republican scandal:

It is true that any Washington influence peddler is going to spread cash and favors as widely as possible, and 210 members of Congress have received Abramoff-connected dollars. But this is, in its essence, a Republican scandal, and any attempt to portray it otherwise is a misdirection.

Abramoff is a Republican who worked closely with two of the country’s most prominent conservative activists, Grover Norquist and Ralph Reed. Top aides to the most important Republican in Congress, Tom DeLay (R., Tex.) were party to his sleazy schemes. The only people referred to directly in Abramoff’s recent plea agreement are a Republican congressmen and two former Republican congressional aides. The GOP members can make a case that the scandal reflects more the way Washington works than the unique perfidy of their party, but even this is self-defeating, since Republicans run Washington.

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5 Responses to “National Review Agrees Abramoff is a Republican Scandal”

  1. Gee, it’s pretty good until he makes that cognitive disconnect on comparing the GOP behavior on getting Delay out of power to the Democratic support for Clinton.

    Especially since the GOP only did it because Delay is unable to go back to the position while he is still awaiting trial. The definitive message I heard was that even if they wanted to replace him, if Delay came back, he would be reinstated because you don’t say no to the “Hammer”

  2. So let me get this straight —

    You’re saying that there is no corruption in the Democratic party? Or that it is somehow less than in the Republican party?

    Interesting perspective.

  3. Marc

    What the National Review is saying is this is a Republican scandal. Republicans in denial need to wrap their little minds around that and accept it.

  4. Marc,

    What we, and now Rich Lowry is saying is that your talking point that there is corruption everywhere is a bunch of BS. The activities of Abramoff, DeLay, and the K Street Project have taken corruption to a level far beyond what might have occured before the Republicans took control claiming to be running as the reform party.

    Claiming there is corruption elsewhere is no defense against the specific charges being raised.

  5. The Republican defense would be as if Pamela or I shot Marc for his comments, and then protested when we were charged with the crime that we are innocent because there are people out there jay walking.