According to The Hill, Liddy Dole and the NRSC, in what can only be described as an "I know you are, but what am I?" defense, have decided to try and pin the Abramoff influence buying scandal on...Democrats. Because, as the minority party, and a group that was specifically shut out of KStreet machinations by Abramoff and his buddy Tom Delay, were in such a position to hand out massive favors? Oh, puhleese.
Democrats said the GOP media campaign reflects fears that some Republicans who had not been deemed vulnerable might lose next year. Topping that list, these Democrats said, is Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.), who has been attacked for his connections to Abramoff.When your strategy is to try and paint Harry Reid as dirty because he opposed Indian gaming initiatives...as the Senator for the State of Nevada, representing, oh, I dunno, Las Vegas?!?...how truly pathetic.
Fears of a rout of Republicans next year, members of both parties say, have metastasized in recent months, as White House officials and congressional Republicans have been ensnarled in a series of investigations, court hearings and, in some cases, bribery charges, including White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove and former vice president Chief of Staff I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (Tenn.), former Majority Leader Tom DeLay (Texas), former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (Calif.) and Rep. Bob Ney (Ohio).
“Now that the Republicans have gotten their hand caught in the cookie jar, they are doing whatever they can to divert attention from the corruption that has become the defining characteristic of the GOP majority,” DSCC spokesman Phil Singer said. “It’s not going to work.”
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