8
Nov
2005

Party For Sale

by Paul Waldman, TomPaine.com

From the beginning, the Republicans who took over Congress in 1994 sought to normalize corruption. They succeeded.

//www.tompaine.com/articles/20051108/party_for_sale.php



Party For Sale

Tom Paine
by Paul Waldman

11/08/05

With all the goings-on in Washington over the last couple of weeks ... the story that may reveal the most about the nature of Republican power has been advancing along with little notice. But the Jack Abramoff scandal ... is indispensable for understanding just how Washington works under GOP rule. No one can blame the Indian tribes who retained Abramoff to do their lobbying for thinking he was the guy who could get things done in Washington. ... But in the process of buying access and influence, Abramoff ... also appears to have swindled the tribes out of tens of millions of dollars. Whenever a newspaper or magazine has attempted to unpack the scandal, they have found it necessary to print dense flow charts marking the intricate connections and the flow of money and influence between all the players -- Abramoff, Republican uber-activist Grover Norquist, political consultant and former Christian Coalition head Ralph Reed (currently running for lieutenant governor in Georgia), Karl Rove, Tom DeLay and many others...

//www.tompaine.com/articles/20051108/party_for_sale.php


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