Saturday, February 04, 2006

Not bipartisan

Nice try, President Bush, Bill O'Reilly, and other Republican apologists, but the Jack Abramoff scandal is not bipartisan. As conservative Rich Lowry writes: "This is in its essence a Republican scandal, and any attempt to portray it otherwise is a misdirection." Exactly. Abramoff was closely allied with Republican activists Grover Norquist and Ralph Reed. As Jonathan Chait points out in this December column, Tom Delay's chief of staff once said of Abramoff: "He is someone on our side." Furthermore, Abramoff hired multiple DeLay staffers as lobbyists, and his assistant later went to work for Karl Rove.

Still not convinced? Here's some hard facts, courtesy of the website

From 2000 to 2005 Jack Abramoff made political donations to 220 Republican members of Congress and the Bush administration, including more than $100,000 to President Bush as a pioneer. Not one dime of Jack Abramoff's money went to any Democrats, ever (emphasis added).

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