Friday, August 12, 2005

Going Back To Cali

LA Times headline: Lobbyist Tied to DeLay Indicted.

Jack Abramoff was arrested in Los Angeles and will face a magistrate some time today. The LA Times and Washington Post both had good story's summarizing the scam Abramoff and his associates tried to pull of....they also name a couple of pols who were involved...Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA).

Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo has a theory on when and if Jack starts to sing:

But I hear it's a bit different. I hear Abramoff has already tried to do that, and been rebuffed. And this gets us into questions I think we'll be talking
about a lot.

Why would he be rebuffed?

Decisions like that go right to the top. And since Abramoff's shenanigans are closely tied -- to be generous -- not just to members of Congress (DeLay, Ney, Burns, et al.) but to key GOP power players (Norquist, Reed, et al.) and quite probably Karl Rove himself, you can see why he (i.e., Abramoff) might have a harder time than your usual perp cutting a deal to implicate those above him.

Only time will tell...


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