Tuesday, October 24, 2006



Jack Abramoff knows he's going to prison. Now he's just wondering how to get the best deal for himself. He can read the polls as well as anyone and he sees the same Democratic sweep on the horizon that everyone else-- other than Bush, Rove and Cheney-- sees. Today's Washington Post, for example, is reporting that "Independent Voters Favor Democrats by 2 to 1." And if he's smart enough to be reading Christy at Firedoglake he's gotten to the real heart of the matter: besides the new WAPO/ABC poll, there are new polls from MSNBC, McLatchey and Mason-Dixon that all show the same thing, it's curtains for the villains in 2 weeks. Abramoff seems to feel his best shot for the immediate future does not lie with taking one for the (red) team.

All but calling him Chatty Kathy, U.S. News is reporting that he's been telling the FBI so much about the Republican congressmen (+ Katherine Harris) who he was bribing for the last 6 years that he now has his very own FBI desk. He's the ultimate rat and he can't spill enough about the Republicrooks who are not in prison yet. They're reporting that "he spends up to four hours a day detailing his shady business to agents eager to nail more congressmen in the scandal."

As I said before, there are a whole lot of GOP solons from low information districts who will be re-elected only to face almost immediate indictment and the same eventual fate as former GOP congressmen/current prison inmates Duke Cunningham and Bob Ney.

FBI insiders, or at least those with inside info from FBI employees familiar with the Abramoff case, are betting that almost instant indictments are looming for Alaska's Don Young, Florida's Tom Feeney, John Doolittle, Jerry Lewis, Duncan Hunter, Ken Calvert and Dirty Dick Pombo of the Golden State and Phil English and Don Sherwood of Pennsylvania, as well as for former GOP Crime Boss Tom DeLay. But it doesn't end there. Apparently Abramoff has said enough about 3 U.S. Senators-- Jim Talent (MO), Conrad Burns (MT) and John Ensign (NV)-- plus almost 20 other House members, for files to have been opened on all of them. And some of those files are getting pretty fat. Conrad Burns is a sure bet for a long prison sentence and it is unlikely that there will not be indictments of Denny Hastert (IL), John Sweeney (NY), Cathy McMorris WA), Virgil Goode (VA), J.D. Hayworth (AZ), Marilyn Musgrave (CO), Ann Northup (KY), Robin Hayes (NC), Charlie Taylor (NC), Heather Wilson (NM), and Gil Gutknecht (MN). Cases are in the early stages against Mike Ferguson (NJ), Tom Tancredo (CO), Barbara Cubin (WY), Tom Davis (VA), Ron Simmons (CT), Mike Rogers (MI), and Jim Gerlach (PA).

So anyone wondering if DWT has any plans of closing up shop after November 7... well, just look at that list. I'll be here for everyone one of them guys and dolls.


At 8:40 AM, Blogger Daniel DiRito said...

So my take on this group of independent voters is that they are generally skeptical of both political parties but they are also not inclined to making radical or precipitous adjustments. Members of both the Democratic and Republican party are apt to believe that these voters take far too long to decide that its time to toss out one group and enable the other...but I would argue that they are demonstrating what I might call the jurors mentality...they see the party in power as innocent until proven guilty. They sit back, evaluate the evidence, and then speak with a resounding and definitive voice. Again, I don't want to predict an outcome but I do like to study the factors and attempt to offer some informed speculation...and it appears that these voters are prepared to be heard.

The fact that independents voted with the GOP for a number of years wasn't necessarily an across the board endorsement of Republican values and should the presumed shift to the Democratic Party take place in November, I would still argue that they haven't made a clear ideological shift. Frankly, I tend to believe that they would actually prefer that values issues be personal decisions and not an integral component of a political agenda...but they aren't usually offered that choice so they vote on the issues that they find meaningful and accept that they are attached to a larger agenda.

In my opinion, independent and moderate thinking voters appear to have made the conclusion that the GOP should no longer be in power and they plan to vote accordingly. Further, if my theory is correct, it shouldn't be difficult to predict when this group of voters is going to say enough is enough. We often hear assertions that voters are stupid...but if my speculation is correct...it may well be the politicians and those in positions of power that are guilty of stupidity. The bottom line is that it looks like that message is about to be delivered.

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At 2:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Voters are NOT stupid. They vote on the information they have at their finger tips, and that means mainstream media.

Nuff said.


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