Rich Lowry, National Review, coming out of his Kool-Aid haze for a moment:
But this is, in its essence, a Republican scandal, and any attempt to portray it otherwise is a misdirection.Well, hallelujah and pass the ketchup. I'm not saying this sort of sanity will hold...but let's celebrate the moment while we can.
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.
And just so the Administration doesn't think it can sneak one by in an Alito-hearing media dump: psssst...the WH was buddy buddy with Abramoff, too.
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