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Abramoff Scandal
Column: Republicans now asking, Jack Who?


"It almost makes you feel sorry for Jack Abramoff.

Republicans once fell all over themselves to get his "moolah," the term used famously by the disgraced superlobbyist, and to get his advice on dealing with that warm and cuddly entity known as "the lobbying community."

Suddenly, Abramoff enters two plea bargains, and these former friends ask, in puzzled tones, "Jack Who ?"

Over the past few days, politicians -- from President Bush and House Speaker Dennis Hastert on down -- raced to return Abramoff contributions, or compassionately sent the moolah off to charity. There's a scramble to treat him as a wildly defective gene in an otherwise healthy body politic, and to erase the past. But seeing the record of the past clearly is essential to fixing the future."

Get the Story:
E. J. Dionne Jr.: Abramoff and His Vanishing Friends (The Washington Post 1/6)
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Relevant Links:
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians - http://www.choctaw.org

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