Sunday, January 15, 2006

On getting fitted for a custom orange jumpsuit

Newsweek has a short article on Representative Bob Ney's latest revelation, that he tried to help Iran evade the U.S. trade blockade.

It discusses how Rep. Ney's humanitarian interest in Iran led him to lobby Sec. Colin Powell to loosen trade restrictions on Iran, which would happen to benefit the gentleman who had just given him a lovely, expensive trip to England in February 2003. Unfortunately for him and his attorney, Rep. Ney was also a little bit shy about revealing his convictions more widely, since he didn't say a single word about Iran in Congress at any point during that year. In fairness, Ney taught English in Iran immediately after college, so it is conceivable that he believes his own defense. Still, he really doesn't want me on the jury.

The article mentions in passing
The Iranian airline deal shows how the Abramoff case is already expanding into a broader investigation into D.C. lobbying practices.
Yes, indeed. This administration and this corrupt culture of K-street lobbyists will go down one brick at a time. I can hardly wait for what comes next. 2006 will be a good year, I think.

(Courtesy of Updated to fix assorted details.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The $24,000 question is whether Democrats can take advantage of the scandal, and I worry that they cannot. I'm not sure they're going to be able to clearly identify this as evidence of corruption and rot that is quite specific to the Republican Party.

Thursday, 19 January, 2006  

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