Monday, January 09, 2006

Sorry, rightwinguts- he's all yours!

(I loved him as Toht in Raiders of the Lost Ark):

From MyDD:

More Media/GOP Mythology
Scott Shields

From an article on the Democratic plan to clean up Congress, from this morning's Roll Call (subscription only):

Ron Bonjean, spokesman for Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), said the latest Democratic move "sounds like a good show" but rings hollow since some Members have yet to return all of their Abramoff-linked contributions. In recent days, a string of Republicans, including Hastert and President Bush, have returned their contributions connected to Abramoff.
"Democrats lack an agenda -- they are keeping Jack Abramoff's money and at the same time they are throwing mud," Bonjean said.

No Democrat has taken any money from Jack Abramoff. Not one. To say that any Democrat is "keeping Jack Abramoff's money" is a lie, plain and simple. It would be one thing if it was a lie coming from a rightist squawking head like Michelle Malkin, but it's absolutely outrageous coming from the office of the Speaker of the House.

(the whole thing is here)

Howard Dean made it plain with Wolf Blitzer. Arbramoff is purely a pile of elephant dung- no donkey crap involved. Here it is via Crooks and Liars. Enjoy Blitzer's dumbfounded silence before his sputtering sign-off.

BLITZER: Should Democrats who took money from Jack Abramoff, who has now pleaded guilty to bribery charges, among other charges, a Republican lobbyist in Washington, should the Democrat who took money from him give that money to charity or give it back?

DEAN: There are no Democrats who took money from Jack Abramoff, not one, not one single Democrat. Every person named in this scandal is a Republican. Every person under investigation is a Republican. Every person indicted is a Republican. This is a Republican finance scandal. There is no evidence that Jack Abramoff ever gave any Democrat any money. And we've looked through all of those FEC reports to make sure that's true.

BLITZER: But through various Abramoff-related organizations and outfits, a bunch of Democrats did take money that presumably originated with Jack Abramoff.

DEAN: That's not true either. There's no evidence for that either. There is no evidence...

BLITZER: What about Senator Byron Dorgan?

DEAN: Senator Byron Dorgan and some others took money from Indian tribes. They're not agents of Jack Abramoff. There's no evidence that I've seen that Jack Abramoff directed any contributions to Democrats. I know the Republican National Committee would like to get the Democrats involved in this. They're scared. They should be scared. They haven't told the truth. They have misled the American people. And now it appears they're stealing from Indian tribes. The Democrats are not involved in this.

BLITZER: Unfortunately Mr. Chairman, we got to leave it right there. Howard Dean, the chairman of the Democratic Party, always speaking out bluntly, candidly. Appreciate your joining us on "Late Edition."

DEAN: Thanks, Wolf. Safe flight back.

BLITZER: Thank you very much.


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