Chris Matthews seems to think that Abramoff is really the only "big bad" in all of this. The Gordon Gekko of Lobbists. Well even Gordon needed help to amass millions of dollars illegally, because without republican help, he could have never made so much money. Calling Ralph Reed! He spins the story that Americans won't see this as Republicans being deeply immersed into his pocket.
Chris: I'm not sure it's partisan. I'm not sure people are going to see him as part of any republican culture of corruption. I think Duke Cunningham also was sort of a lone wolf in that department...
So sayeth the spin masters. If Tom Delay hangs out with Jack and many other top republicans playing golf and yucking it up in overseas sweat shops-in Matthews mind that doesn't mean they are any worst then democrats. It's all about Jack-Jack-Jack.
As Jane points out, Abramoff never gave a dime to democrats. Between 2001 and 2004, Abramoff gave more than $127,000 to Republican candidates and committees and nothing to Democrats, federal records show...read on
Think Progress has a comprehensive look at the "House that Jack built."
Jesse has more on Delay's connection and what might happen to the Republican leadership.
--posted by John Amato