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Wednesday, January 04, 2006 |
( 1/04/2006 05:55:00 AM ) Bill S.
"IF TEDDY KENNEDY JUMPED OFF THE GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE, WOULD YOU DO IT, TOO?" – Been following the Jack Abramoff story with much interest and amusement. Watching members of a political party that only a few years ago was heavily relying on "Character Counts" as its electioneering mantra now trumpeting, "But everybody's doing it!" as an excuse is pretty funny. Didn't these guys listen to their mothers?
To my eyes, the point isn't whether Democrats would've engaged in the same level of slimy money raising tactics if they were in power or not – the point is that the conservative Republican power elite used the funds raised through these illegal lobbying moneys to become a consolidated power, all the while loudly and hypocritically touting their moral supriority over their ideological enemies. (See Abaramoff's involvement in the K-Street Project.) For this, of course, all involved in this sleazy mess need to be taken to account (as Sammy Davis Jr. once philosophized: "Don't do the crime, if you can't do the time.") Unless, of course, Character doesn't really Count any more . . .