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Monday, January 09, 2006

Dean is the Best Thing to Happen to Republicans

That man has done more to hurt the Democratic party while they have been in the minority than any Republican could. Howard Dean, THE number one Democrat, said this:

Republican claims to the contrary, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean says no Democrat lawmakers took money from lobbyist Jack Abramoff -- "not one, not one single Democrat."

Dean, speaking Sunday on CNN's Late Edition, said every person named in the Abramoff payola scandal -- and every person under investigation and/or indicted -- is a Republican.

"Yeeaargghh!" I guess in his being anxious to condemn Republicans, he forgot to mention this. At least the writer of the article was lucid enough (unlike Dean) to point it out.

According to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, "Forty of 45 members of the Democrat Senate Caucus took money from Jack Abramoff, his associates, and Indian tribe clients."

Some Democrats have returned or redirected the Abramoff-linked money to charity, but others say they'll keep it because they say the contributions are legitimate.

Dean is living in a fantasy world, and instead of recognizing a problem that members of both parties need to address, he jumps straight to the ad homenim attacks trying to pile it all on the Republicans. More of the same from the Democrats I'm afraid.

Here's another thought: the Democrats who kept the money are arguing that the contributions were legitimate... so where exactly is Dean's moral high ground? Also, will those same Democrats get behind, and defend, the Republicans being investigated? I'm not holding my breath.