Fat Man In A Little Coat: The Fallen Jack Abramoff
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The Republican family values machine is so hot that it's looking to the mass-wedding guru, the Rev. Sun Myung-Moon and his loony rag--the Washington Times--for ammunition.
A story in the dubious Times reported that the top Democrat in the U.S. Senate--Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada--was supposedly in the "top-tier" of suspects that the Justice Department is investigating regarding fallen uber-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty last week to bilking just about everyone in Washington.
Of course, the Republicans ran with it all day, and rose a loud cackle of hypocrisy from its constituency. This is the effect that the GOP masterminds wished for when they unleashed what we now know is a false story.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported shortly after the Washington Times' story that, in fact, Reid was not a focus of any investigation nor has been contacted by the Justice Department.
More telling is that the article mentions that creating a tier system for possible lawbreakers and the fact that the twice-indicted Tom DeLay was not even mentioned in the Washington Times story cast extreme doubt on its veracity.
It doesn't matter to the Republicans, anyway, because hearing a story--whether true or false--regarding Sen. Reid, who has repeatedly pounded away at the corruption in the Republican-led Congress, will stick in the minds of misinformed conservatives across the country.
It's a lose-lose situation for Reid--at least--until the real crooks in Washington are ferreted out into the open and believe me, they'll see the light of day sooner than later.