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Saturday, 11 February 2006
Never More in Earnest
Now Playing: i keep on thinking of lines from oliver stone's jfk
With a big tip of the hat to Steve Soto of The Left Coaster, let's spend a few minutes with him and Josh Marshall. The boys are powerful upset with how the Associated Press is characterizing a very particular connection between Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and the "disgraced" Jack Abramoff ("disgraced" being the epithet applied to the poor bastard with the insistency of Homeric Greek).

Marshall says that AP reporter John Solomon is not being fair to Reid when he describes the Senator's connections to Abramoff with regard to a bill that would affect the minimum wage of workers in the North Marianas Islands.

I shit you not. Now we're through the looking glass, people! Now we're finally getting down to the real divide between the Right and Left.

Marshall's problem ---although he does not know how to articulate it--- is that Solomon mentioned something Marshall believes should have been left unmentioned since the result of whatever entreaty Abramoff and his people might have made to Reid's office with regard to the miminum wage in the Marianas was one that did not go Abramoff's way.

Got that? Since Reid didn't sell out the wage-earners in the Marianas, it's almost like the constant communications and financial dealings between Reid and Abramoff are irrelevant:

In other words, whatever Abramoff and his crew might have tried to persuade Reid to do, he didn't do it.

That has to be a key part of the story, if you're discussing contacts between Marianas lobbyists on this issue. Only it's a part of the story the
AP just neglected to mention.
I would suppose that in the world of sleazy bastards (elected or otherwise), where the cultivation of one by another and vice versa is a way of doing business and having a relationship, it is understood that not every pass is going to score. Lobbyists know they have to sometimes play a shit hand for the very purpose of giving themselves plausible deniability on any questions of influence-seeking.

Are Marshall and Soto denying that there were multiple interactions between Reid and Abramoff that resulted in tens of thousands of dollars in donations and huge favors being done? Look at the rest of that AP report. Reid's people knew Abramoff and his people well.

That, after all, is what the Marianas angle was intended to indicate: a long-term business relationship between the most powerful Democratic Senator and the disgraced Jack Abramoff ---contemporaneous with donations, meetings, and letters made in this and many other cases.

I am tempted to believe that Marshall's reaction to this AP story is some sort of parody of what the Left believes is the Right's approach to spinning bad news. Am I right, Steve?


Posted by Toby Petzold at 10:25 PM CST | Post Comment | View Comments (4) | Permalink
Updated: Saturday, 11 February 2006 10:41 PM CST

Saturday, 11 February 2006 - 11:07 PM CST

Name: Rider

Uh...Marshall is saying that if you are trying to demonstrate influence peddling don't try to prove it with a case in which Reid co-sponsored a bill favorable to Abramoff's opponents.

Are you claiming that "multiple interactions" equals influence peddling, or even that it equals "a long-time business relationship"? Are you trying to say that suddenly all lobbying equals improper lobbying, that "knew well" equals "knew well" [wink, wink, nudge, nudge]?

I think "knew well" equals invitations to the ranchette in Crawford. Post some of those pictures for us.

Saturday, 11 February 2006 - 11:16 PM CST

Name: TP

Rider:

Marshall is saying that if you are trying to demonstrate influence peddling don't try to prove it with a case in which Reid co-sponsored a bill favorable to Abramoff's opponents.

Are you even reading these reports? Why isn't Reid denying the tens of thousands of dollars in contributions made by Abramoff and his clients? Because those things happened.

Look, Reid is dirty. Therefore, this is not a Republican scandal; it is, by definiton, bipartisan.

Saturday, 11 February 2006 - 11:19 PM CST

Name: Rider

Here are some great color photos you can post of Bush, Abramoff, and Rove in the White House. No Liberal Traitorcrats in sight!

Sunday, 12 February 2006 - 1:10 PM CST

Name: Johnny La Rue

I like the one where he's got his traditional headdress on. Bush the Cowboy and...

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