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September 19, 2013 2:18 PM This Doesn’t Seem Right

By Martin Longman

I wonder what Jack Abramoff thinks about Tom DeLay winning his appeal of his 2010 conviction for money laundering. No one can say that The Hammer wasn’t inconvenienced during all this legal wrangling, nor can one deny that DeLay’s political career was ruined, but, unlike Mr. Abramoff, he didn’t serve four years in prison.

DeLay was reprimanded twice by the House Ethics Committee, and at least four of his associates were convicted of crimes ranging from bribery to money laundering to conspiracy. If DeLay got off lightly, somehow, Grover Norquist seems to have emerged completely unscathed from his role in setting up the K Street Project. Neither outcome seems right.

Martin Longman is the Web Editor for the Washington Monthly and the main blogger at Booman Tribune. He has worked as a community organizer for ACORN/Project Vote and as a political consultant for Democracy for America.

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