Carol Platt Liebau: FNS Follies II: Hoisted on His Own Petard

Sunday, January 29, 2006

FNS Follies II: Hoisted on His Own Petard

Howard Dean is the political gift that keeps on giving; even without his extraordinary high strung and angry demeanor, his logorrhea means that every time he shows up, there'll be a wonderful present for Republicans left behind, in the form of an ill-judged outburst, overstatements, or outright lies.

This morning's big gift? Dean inadvertantly condemns Senator Minority Leader Harry Reid. Here's how.

During his interview, Dean had the following exchange with host Chris Wallace:

Q: If we find that there were some Democrats who wrote letters on behalf of the Indian tribes that Abramoff represented, then what do you say, sir?

A: That's a big problem. And those Democrats are in trouble, and they should be in trouble . . ..


Shortly thereafter, during the panel segment of the program, Chris Wallace noted:

The Washington Post . . . reported in November that Senator Harry Reid, the Senate minority leader, wrote a letter back in March 5, 2002, opposing a casino that one of those Indian tribes opposed. In other words, he was taking the position of one of Abramoff's clients. On March 6, the next day, Abramoff's client -- the tribal client -- wrote a $5,000 check to Mr. Reid's Searchlight Legal Fund. Mr. Reid's spokesman says there is absolutely no connection between the letter and the fundraising, but it's worth noting that Mr. Reid's Abramoff-related total was $66 thousand between 2001 and 2004.

Hmm Tell me again how this differs, either in appearance or reality, from the accusation Dean launched against Senator Contrad Burns (i.e. "Senator Burns did . . . things for Jack Abramoff in exchange for a contribution").

But it's only a Republican scandal. Yes, sirree.

3 Comments:

Blogger Cliff said...

Logorrhea? Oh, yes. I'll have to remember that one!

12:42 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Logorrhea? Yeah, I like that word!

12:43 PM  
Blogger eLarson said...

It has been rumored that Dean had a look at some oppo research on Reid, then decided to have his own guys verify it.

It sounds like Dean is going to try to throw Reid under the Abramoff bus.

3:30 PM  

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