The Tentacles of Abramoff

Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff prepares for his day in court.

The corruption scandal soon to engulf the GOP has tentacles all the way to Illinois.

Proving once again my adage that the modern Republican party is like a street gangyou must commit a crime to join– Jack Abramoff, Washington lobbyist and human sleaze, has pled guilty to defrauding his clients, taking millions in kickbacks and tax evasion. Abramoff also said

9 Comments so far

  1. Gabe (unregistered) on January 4th, 2006 @ 12:16 pm

    Here we go again. Let’s see how long it takes everyone to jump on this post.

  2. Ben (unregistered) on January 5th, 2006 @ 9:53 am

    It seems as though this scandal will affect both parties, not just the GOP. Did you miss the part where you even pointed out several Democrats involved?

    I agree that Congress hasn

  3. nikkos (unregistered) on January 5th, 2006 @ 12:03 pm

    This is not, despite the best efforts of Republicans to the contrary, a truly bipartisan scandal. Have some Dems been identified as having accepted money from PAC’s associated with Abramoff. Yes, and I was upfront about it in the post. Did any Dems receive money DIRECTLY from Abramoff. NO. Did Republicans receive money directly from Abramoff? YES.

    Abramoff is a creature of the GOP- from his days as a College Republican to his intimate ties to Tom DeLay (already enmeshed in his own scandals). The Abramoff scandal will lay bare the heart of the GOP money machine and Americans will be revolted. Good luck spinning this as a bipartisan scandal, although I’m sure you will try.

    As for Dick Durbin, please, the petty name calling is so fucking weak.

    As for my stance on his statements reagrding American gulags, I have posted on this topic here: “No Mayor Daley, You Should Apologize to Sen. Durbin”

    You must admit the irony was overwhelming when it was revealed that in fact, the U.S. WAS operating secret prisons in facilities which were former Soviet gulags. I’d say Sen. Durbin was vindicated on that point.

  4. Ben (unregistered) on January 5th, 2006 @ 12:24 pm

    As I said, this is a scandal that will affect both parties. As for exactly who accepted what, I imagine that there will be an investigation to unearth the details.

    No comment on ANWR?

    As for Turban, if you think he was vindicated because the US had secret prisons, you

  5. nikkos (unregistered) on January 5th, 2006 @ 12:44 pm

    As for ANWR, let’s say for the sake of argument that you are correct in stating:

    “I agree that Congress hasn

  6. Ben (unregistered) on January 5th, 2006 @ 1:24 pm


    You say

  7. nikkos (unregistered) on January 5th, 2006 @ 1:33 pm

    I was referring to actions perpetrated by OUR OWN GOVERNMENT. One of our crucial responsibilities as citizens is to hold our government to the laws and ideals as expressed in the Constitution.

    This responsbility comes first- not exporting Bush’s twisted vision of democracy, deposing doctators like Saddam, etc.

    We must get our own house in order before we can go traipsing around the world spreading our “values.”

  8. nikkos (unregistered) on January 5th, 2006 @ 1:36 pm

    In any case, this post was about Abramoff and the GOP sleaze machine. If you have more to say on that topic, please do so. If not, if you have said your piece on the matter, I bid you adieu.

  9. Ben (unregistered) on January 5th, 2006 @ 3:34 pm

    Yes, twisted vision of democracy, indeed. Allowing people to actually vote for the leaders of their country. Only a sick, twisted person would come up with a scheme like that. I bet Halliburton was behind it!

    Doesn’t it seem strange to you that more people were killed in Iraq during “peacetime” than during the 3 years of this war?

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