Thursday, January 05, 2006

What He Said...

David Brooks offers a quote worthy of repeating regarding the lame attempt of some in the GOP to paint the Abramoff scandal as a bi-partisan affair:

I don't know what's more pathetic, Jack Abramoff's sleaze or Republican paralysis in the face of it. Abramoff walks out of a D.C. courthouse in his pseudo-Hasidic homburg, and all that leading Republicans can do is promise to return his money and remind everyone that some Democrats are involved in the scandal, too.

That's a great G.O.P. talking point: some Democrats are so sleazy, they get involved with the likes of us. [emph. added]
Greg Djerejian has a nice round up of related stories (check out Tucker Carlson), and a refreshingly honest look at this issue from a right-leaning perspective. It's always encouraging to see honesty and independent thought from conservatives. But it's equally, if not more, discouraging to see them consistently drowned out by other less forthright voices from within their ranks. I suppose that the same critique could be reflected back at times - though I tend to think that the current version of the GOP is farther adrift than the Dems. Maybe 2006 will portend a return to sanity on both sides of the aisle. Dare to dream.

At the very least some crooked politicians might be filing for unemployment soon. Be they Democrat or Republican, good riddance.

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