Abramoff fall-out starting
Many opined (in the days following the Abramoff plea agreement) that we were going to see affirmation of the "culture of corruption" charges that the Democratic leadership has leveled at the Republican Party. Well, according to this article in todays Washington Times (free registration required) that charge may have been greatly exaggerated.
" Law-enforcement authorities and others said the investigation's opening phase is scrutinizing Sens. Conrad Burns, Montana Republican; Byron L. Dorgan, North Dakota Democrat; and Minority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, along with Reps. J.D. Hayworth, Arizona Republican, and Bob Ney, Ohio Republican. "
Now I fully grasp that this is the "opening phase" of the investigation, but I find it telling that the ranking member that is implicated is none other that Nevada's Harry Reid! Not Tom DeLay, not Bill Frist, but Harry Reid the Senate Minority Leader.
Much hay has been made about the so-called Republican "culture of corruption". I think that the most correct assessment is the culture of corruption that permeates Washington DC. The country has reached a cross-roads. It is imperative that one party take the lead in reforming the way business is done in DC. If the Republicans are smart, they will be the ones to take the lead. That will pave the way to success in November. Will it happen? It will if the American people demand that it happen. Are you up to the challenge dear readers?