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January 4, 2006
By: Christina Larson

NEWT ON JACK .... Last August when the DC Rotary Club asked Newt Gingrich to speak at a luncheon at Hotel Washington, members had no idea that Gingrichs talk would happen to fall on the day after Jack Abramoffs guilty plea shook Washington.

Glancing at the packed ballroom and the crowd of reporters and TV news cameras, the woman who organized the event told me, Its serendipitous. Were happy to be able to provide a forum for.... she struggled to find the right word this sort of thing. By that, she meant granting a platform for the man who led the class of 1994 Republican gate-crashers to hold forth on whats happened since that revolution ossified.

Newt's not happy, and says the more he learns the angrier he gets. He said he thought Abramoff should go to jail, but added:

This is not about one person doing bad things. You cant have a corrupt lobbyist unless you have a corrupt member [of Congress] or a corrupt staff. This was a team effort ... The system created the opportunity for an Abramoff. Abramoff did not create the system.

Well, surely Abramoff helped nudge things in a certain direction. But the point of the Jack Abramoff story is not really about Jack Abramoff. As Kevin has posted, the real story is that the Abramoff scandal is casting a spotlight on the extent to which K Street over the last decade has become a near seamless extension of the Republican power structure in Washington. Christina Larson 5:13 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (53)

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To preempt the troll brigade:

"Democrats were getting money too! Clinton got a blow job! It's Fitzmas all over again!

There, now they have nothing left to say.

Posted by: Dr. Morpheus on January 4, 2006 at 5:16 PM | PERMALINK

The K Street Project is nothing more than a shake down operation.

Posted by: Mike B. on January 4, 2006 at 5:20 PM | PERMALINK
This is not about one person doing bad things. You cant have corrupt lobbyists without corrupt members of Congress or corrupt staffs. This has been a team effort ... The system created the opportunity for an Abramoff. Abramoff did not create the system.
Did Newt create the system, or did he just make it possible for his colleagues to create the system? Either way, it seems he should bear some of the responsibility. Posted by: TomB on January 4, 2006 at 5:21 PM | PERMALINK

It's hard to believe Newt wouldn't know about this.

Posted by: Sandals on January 4, 2006 at 5:23 PM | PERMALINK


"What the Republicans need is 50 Jack Abramoffs. Then this becomes a different town." -- Grover Norquist - National Journal, July 29, 1995.


mission accomplished
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Posted by: thisspaceavailable on January 4, 2006 at 5:27 PM | PERMALINK

You're doing a heckuva job, Jackie.

Posted by: Phobos Deimos on January 4, 2006 at 5:31 PM | PERMALINK

Good luck trying to sell to the American public in 2006 that the party of Jesus and the sanctity of human life is actually corrupt.

Posted by: tbrosz on January 4, 2006 at 5:32 PM | PERMALINK

How is the Rove frog march after the Kerry landslide going?

Posted by: conspiracy nut on January 4, 2006 at 5:33 PM | PERMALINK

Of course, that was the imposter tbrosz.

Posted by: Dr. Morpheus on January 4, 2006 at 5:34 PM | PERMALINK

Yes, the raw mechanics of this have been talked about for the past year or more -- just look at all of what Josh Marshall has been outlining for ages. But it's not like Newt or any other Repubs have been calling for a housecleaning. Now it will be interesting to see who is 'outraged' and who shills for the shillers.

Posted by: Kenji on January 4, 2006 at 5:34 PM | PERMALINK

Newt is as corrupt as Abramoff and as salacious as Clinton. Paint him as the team leader for Republican corruption.

Posted by: Powerpuff on January 4, 2006 at 5:36 PM | PERMALINK

This is the logical and totally expected result of the Repukelinazi takeover of the lobbyist industry.

They have combined lobbying and law-making. It is disgusting. It is unseemly.

It is nauseating.

Posted by: POed Liberal on January 4, 2006 at 5:38 PM | PERMALINK

Man that Newt just keeps making good sense, doesn't he?

Newt for President!

Posted by: conspiracy nut on January 4, 2006 at 5:49 PM | PERMALINK

How is the Rove frog march after the Kerry landslide going?

Posted by: conspiracy nut on January 4, 2006 at 5:33 PM | PERMALINK

I'd say better than GW's 2000 campaign promise to pay off all but 7% of the national debt, or about as good as the search for WMDs.

Posted by: cactus on January 4, 2006 at 5:53 PM | PERMALINK

Seems as tho Newt's anger is over the destruction of the "dream" of the '94 Republican revolution. The stated goal at that time wasn't to grab power so much as to change Washington.

Whether he truly believed Washington could change is debatable, but others apparently did believe. To see the "dream" degenerate into the corruption of absolute power certainly pops their bubble.

Posted by: wishIwuz2 on January 4, 2006 at 5:54 PM | PERMALINK

It's starting to look like Newt's seeing the possibility of a personal comeback, by running against Republican corruption. He has some grounds for claiming that he's the guy who cleaned house last time, and since he was driven out before the Republican corruption started to stink a lot worse than the old Democratic corruption, he might have a window.

What's amazing is that the Democrats are giving him this window. The Democrats are too timid to run strongly against corruption, because even though Abramoff made no direct donations to Dems, enough of his clients did that they are afraid.

The Dems have to suck it up and charge, risks be damned. Otherwise, the American people aren't going to put a bunch of spineless wonders in charge in uncertain times.

Posted by: Joe Buck on January 4, 2006 at 5:54 PM | PERMALINK

Christina Larson wrote: K Street over the last decade has become a near seamless extension of the Republican power structure in Washington.

Both "K Street" and the Republican Party are seamless extensions of the ultra-rich, hereditary, neo-fascist, corporate-feudalist aristocracy, a.k.a. America's ruling class.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on January 4, 2006 at 5:56 PM | PERMALINK

Remember - Newt's the worst kind of Republican: a converted Dem.

Posted by: wishIwuz2 on January 4, 2006 at 5:57 PM | PERMALINK

ultra-rich, hereditary, neo-fascist, corporate-feudalist aristocracy
Say it brother! Power to the Proles! From each according to his ability, to each according to his need!

In other words, take from the Repubs and give the Dems.

Posted by: conspiracy nut on January 4, 2006 at 6:07 PM | PERMALINK

Newt is just bowing to the inveitable. He sees the parade and is doing his best to jump in front of it. I saw him on Fox earlier say about the same thing, but then went on to say that "...the republican party is the pary of reform", and that they should be the ones to lead the country out of this mess. Kind of like calling the communist party the party of capitalism.

Posted by: paatrick on January 4, 2006 at 6:08 PM | PERMALINK

What's with political machines naming themselves after physical landmarks? First NYC Democrats in the 1800's with Tammany Hall, today national Republicans with K Street?

Sorry, it's an aside, but it's kind of a strange phenomenon, right? And it's bipartisan nature suggests we're talking about some sort of human universal here. Political machines, both Democratic and Republican, name themselves after landmarks. Fascinating.

Posted by: theorajones on January 4, 2006 at 6:09 PM | PERMALINK

How is the Rove frog march after the Kerry landslide going?

Hey nuts-on-chin, are you running out of material. Her's an idea, try thinking for yourself. On second thought, just try to think. Not too hard, baby steps. Don't want to break anything.

Posted by: nutty little nut nut on January 4, 2006 at 6:13 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry, it's an aside, but it's kind of a strange phenomenon, right? And it's bipartisan nature suggests we're talking about some sort of human universal here. Political machines, both Democratic and Republican, name themselves after landmarks. Fascinating.

History takes place within geography Theora.

I think we forget that more often than we remember it.

Posted by: Dr. Morpheus on January 4, 2006 at 6:14 PM | PERMALINK

ME! MEMEMEMEME! PAY ATTENTION TO ME, MOMMY!

Posted by: Conspiracy Nut on January 4, 2006 at 6:16 PM | PERMALINK


Truth. Integrity. Wing nut moon bats blowjobs Iraq goood

Posted by: tbrosz mom on January 4, 2006 at 6:16 PM | PERMALINK

Hey, nice try. You went to all the trouble to type in the correct fake email addy. But you capitalized conspiracy nut. I never bother.

You really should put a little pride in your work.

Posted by: conspiracy nut on January 4, 2006 at 6:18 PM | PERMALINK

Newt is just bowing to the inveitable. He sees the parade and is doing his best to jump in front of it. I saw him on Fox earlier say about the same thing, but then went on to say that "...the republican party is the pary of reform", and that they should be the ones to lead the country out of this mess. Kind of like calling the communist party the party of capitalism.

Precisely. The guy who visited his wife in the cancer ward to spell out the divorce ultimatum is in no position to cluck about morality or integrity. When it comes to odious scumbuggery, Newt makes Abramoff or DeLay look like underachievers.

Posted by: sglover on January 4, 2006 at 6:19 PM | PERMALINK

Please don't encourage 'conspiracy nut' in his trollery. The guy adds nothing to any discussion. Just say no.

Posted by: sglover on January 4, 2006 at 6:20 PM | PERMALINK

Cue tbrosz muttering about how the Republicans didn't invent political corruption...

(No, but it seems they have perfected it.)

Posted by: Gregory on January 4, 2006 at 6:24 PM | PERMALINK

Wow, the Newtster is sticking up for what's right, even though it puts his party in a bad light.

Maybe we were wrong about Newt all this time. Maybe he really does have character. Maybe he really does care about America. Maybe he really does care about the truth.

Posted by: Riesz Fischer on January 4, 2006 at 6:26 PM | PERMALINK

Oh for Christ's sake, the fucking lobbyists were invited into the committee rooms starting in January 1995 to write the fucking laws, and now that fuckwit Newtie says his "revolution" went off track?

What an asshole.

Dirty motherfucker, it started under his nose with his approval.

Fuck him.

Posted by: Vinnie on January 4, 2006 at 6:26 PM | PERMALINK

Republicans inventing corruption?

Let's see here,

Credit Mobilier.........Grant R

Teapot Dome........Harding R

Watergate............Nixon R

Iran-Contra...........Ronnie R

The entire Bush presidency........R

The greatest scandals in US history all occurred on the R's watch.

Posted by: Vinnie on January 4, 2006 at 6:31 PM | PERMALINK

Wow, the Newtster is sticking up for what's right, even though it puts his party in a bad light.
Maybe we were wrong about Newt all this time. Maybe he really does have character. Maybe he really does care about America. Maybe he really does care about the truth. Posted by: Riesz Fischer on January 4, 2006 at 6:26 PM

I haven't laughed that hard for a long time Riesz, thanks.

No, as someone mentioned above, Newt's cancer ward delivery of divorce papers to his wife makes it crystal clear this is a man with no conscience whatsoever.

Posted by: Dr. Morpheus on January 4, 2006 at 6:36 PM | PERMALINK

Newt Gingrich has served me well. He mindlessly obeys my most holy sacrement of claiming to worship and love the false "creator" myth, while actually serving my ends; of rewarding and enriching my worshippers.

He even believes his own lie, that when he puts money into the collection plate at church, that it's for "helping the poor" instead of cynically depriving the government of tax revenue and and allowing his church to funnel money to other dishonest politicians who are also my loyal servants.

Indeed - my rule over Earth has been strengthened greatly from Newt's efforts.

Worship me worms. And lie to yourself that you're actually worshipping god. Buy more xmas presents. Gas up your SUV on GI blood.

Posted by: Mammon on January 4, 2006 at 6:45 PM | PERMALINK

would the real tbrosz please stand up?

Posted by: mudwall jackson on January 4, 2006 at 6:45 PM | PERMALINK

The guy adds nothing to any discussion
What are you talking about? I not only personally add flavor to any conversation, I've been dragging an imposter or two with me to help liven things up. That's 2 for the price of 1!

In fact, isn't this the thread where an imposter beat me here?

Posted by: conspiracy nut on January 4, 2006 at 6:46 PM | PERMALINK

What are you talking about? I not only personally add flavor to any conversation, I've been dragging an imposter or two with me to help liven things up. That's 2 for the price of 1!
Posted by: conspiracy nut on January 4, 2006 at 6:46 PM | PERMALINK

And you shall be rewarded, my faithful minion. With more tax cuts.

Keep worshipping that almighty buck. Remember, it's more important than puny mortals.

Posted by: Mammon on January 4, 2006 at 6:56 PM | PERMALINK

Why is Newt just now hollering about it? When he has say something?

Posted by: little ole jim from red country on January 4, 2006 at 7:29 PM | PERMALINK

I was the fake tbrosz a while ago; I'm not doing it anymore, but apparently being Fake Tbrosz is the new Black.

I had 2 rules:
1. Never use his real email
2. Always put something in the post so obviously batsh*t insane it should trigger anyone's BS detector even without mouse-overing the email link.

So, the question is, was I baiting Tbrosz or the other posters? To tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I kinda lost track myself. So the question is, punk, do you feel lucky?

Posted by: fake on January 4, 2006 at 7:31 PM | PERMALINK

All the money floating around and these dumb ass trolls only get 7.15 an hour to sit here and enjoy our conversations.

Posted by: scott on January 4, 2006 at 7:35 PM | PERMALINK

Why is Newt speaking up now.He got left out of the money train he's pissed.

Posted by: scott on January 4, 2006 at 7:37 PM | PERMALINK

Newt's still a hack despite being upset about Abramoff corruption.

His response on CNN earlier to this culture of corruption was that (paraphrasing) it's especially important for Republicans to get a handle on this because Democrats are way more lax about this kind of stuff than Republicans.

Posted by: Patrick Briggs on January 4, 2006 at 8:06 PM | PERMALINK

All the money floating around and these dumb ass trolls only get 7.15 an hour to sit here and enjoy our conversations.
Posted by: scott on January 4, 2006 at 7:35 PM | PERMALINK

No - these aren't ordinary trolls. They've got Security Clearance, so that they can't be subpoenad (otherwise the terr'ists will win). So, with the clearance, they probably make about as much as that guy in the White House who was emailling stuff to the Phillipines, or Jeff Gannon.

Posted by: Osama_Been_Forgotten on January 4, 2006 at 8:07 PM | PERMALINK

Newt says the Republicans need to clean up this mess? Bwwaaaahhaaahaaahaaaa OMG, ROFLMAO that's funny.

Back to Georgia Newtie.

Posted by: MarkH on January 4, 2006 at 8:29 PM | PERMALINK

Anyone notice what is being said at www.RNC.org/ ?
What a suprise!

Posted by: the great unwashed on January 4, 2006 at 9:16 PM | PERMALINK

Reisz Fischer

Good moniker. I wonder how many posters here have even heard of Functional Analysis.

Posted by: lib on January 4, 2006 at 9:44 PM | PERMALINK

Remember, Newt will say anything and do anything to get his hands on money and power again. He is just posturing and its obvious. Newt is angry? Yeah, angry that his wife (wife number 3) just doesnt have that glitz anymore.

This is just the beginning. By March of 06 there will be new Republican revelations with a new cast of Republican characters. The President is currently trying to conceal the facts that some of the wire taps were on the Democrats during the 04 Presidential Elections. He will need some powerful magic to prevent this from becoming public. Maybe God can help.

This is just Nixon all over again but with a twist, Bush has admitted he authorized the taps.

God, the smell is bad.

Posted by: Sideline on January 4, 2006 at 9:44 PM | PERMALINK

USC 10 TEXAS 16 Halftime

Posted by: the great unwashed on January 4, 2006 at 10:17 PM | PERMALINK

So it would appear that the Bush administration is currently planning an attack, possibly nuclear, against Iran. Trying to use airbases in Turkey but having some resistance. Russia is on to it and thus the natural gas pressure on Europe to refrain from backing a nuclear attack. Bush is totally lost to mental illness now and is willing to destroy NATO and any European/American unity. Nuclear fallout over Pakistan will cause overthrow there which will cause India to attack Pakistan with atomic bombs. Mammon rules!!! Idiots like Bush should never be left in charge. Next, martial law for the US. Good luck everyone.

Posted by: MRB on January 4, 2006 at 10:40 PM | PERMALINK

Actually, Newt got it right. Time to throw K -street to the wolves. Unfortunately this will take more republicans than whineycrats down.

But sometimes the greater good applies.

Put up some pro-war clean candidates for a change and you'll have earned any congressional seats you take.

Posted by: Mcaristotle on January 5, 2006 at 12:06 AM | PERMALINK

From each according to his ability, to each according to his need!

In other words, take from the Repubs and give the Dems. - conspiracy nut

That's odd. Why I seem to remember that the pre-election wing-nut talking points were that the Democratic party was the party of the rich. You remember nutsack, all of those limosine liberals. But I forgot, the winds have changed and so too have your talking points.

Posted by: Eric Paulsen on January 5, 2006 at 1:46 AM | PERMALINK

Look, the Republicans may have lied us into a useless war, wasted thousands of lives and billions of dollars while they were lining their pockets with billions more in bribes, but the Democrats are hardly stainless. I mean, look at Clinton. He got really technical about his secret sex life. What more proof do you need that they are all the same? Tht's how I intend to report it, anyhow.

Posted by: Mainstream Media on January 5, 2006 at 2:41 AM | PERMALINK

It was Tom Delay who started the coup against Newt as Speaker after the 98 elections and Newt is happily returning the favor. What long memories and knives our elected officials carry!

Posted by: aline on January 5, 2006 at 8:59 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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