The Washington Post had a very interesting story about the indicted Republican lobbyist and fundraiser Jack Abramoff. If you can't log on to the story directly, just register with the Washington Post for free. It's more private the accidentally visiting the NSA's website for 10 seconds! Typical of modern journalism, this story buries the lead. The real meat of the article is on page five under the subheading "pressure to plead." There are rumors flying around Washington that he is going to start cooperating with prosecutors in exchange for a leniency. Former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY) said he has spoken with Ambramoff's attorneys and his impression is that this is bigger than ABSCAM in which a half a dozen House Reps and a Senator were convicted of taking bribes from disguised FBI agents. Most of the implicated lawmakers are Republicans. The only Democrat mentioned in the story is Senate Minority Leader Ried (D-NV). The closest links with Abramoff are with senior Republicans in Congress and in the executive branch.
I am tempted to just summarize the entire article but you're better off just reading the Post's original. I'll finish by just saying that if Abramoff "rolls over" on high profile Republicans it could be a huge boost for the Democrats in 2006. If nothing else it will create more open seats.
Are we about to see a perfect storm of scandal? Will Abramoff's corruption scandal brings down enough Republicans so that the Democrats get control of at least one house of Congress in 2006 which enables full investigations of everything from Cheney's secret meetings with Enron during the California electricity crisis to the NSA domestic spying case? I won't deny that is my fervent hope!
Time will tell.
Thursday, December 29, 2005
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 4:58 PM