Abramoff Could Burn Many
While you'd never know it from the Washington Post's story on the topic today, or Chris Cillizza's Fix, there are Democrats who received money from Abramoff, including Harry Reid the Senate Minority leader. Of course Harry, like Rep. Ney of Ohio claims he's innocent of wrong doing, but evidently the media only gives Reid the benefit of the doubt at this point.
Unless they are complete morons, guys with pockets as deep as Jack's very seldom play one side of the political field. The party you court one year could be out of power the next, and then you have much less influence.
One of the prosecutors interviewed this evening on the DC's ABC 7 news made the point that this could become the biggest politcal scandal ever, if that is the case, my guess is neither party is coming out clean. In a case like this one, being less dirty doesn't do your party a bit of good come election time, because the other side will kill you by association too.
So while it may be the biggest political scandal ever, it may hurt fewer politicians than many think, only because neither side can afford to start a war with Abramoff at the center of it.
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