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Friday, June 03, 2005

The Washington Post Lets Air Out of Dems' Anti-Delay Jihad; Reid, Daschle Got Abramoff $, Too

Jeffrey Birnbaum and Derek Willis have a great illustration on today's front page of The Washington Post of the importance of having an independent media willing to challenge the powers-that-be and those that hope-to-be-again.

Birnbaum and Willis dug into the campaign finance reports data and found boku bucks being directed by lobbyist and Tom Delay ally Jack Abramoff to the top echelons of the Democratic congressional leadership in the Senate and House.

And not just a token thousand bucks here and there, but literally hundreds of thousands of dollars to key Democrats, including then Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD), who got $40,000, then House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt (D-MO), who got $32,000, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), who succeeded Daschle and received $40,000, and Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), who received $128,000 while serving as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Noted the Post:
"Democrats are hoping to gain political advantage from federal and Senate investigations of Abramoff's activities and from the embattled lobbyist's former ties to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.). Yet, many Democratic lawmakers also benefited from Abramoff's political operation, a fact that could hinder the Democrats' efforts to turn the lobbyist's troubles into a winning partisan issue."

That last line is a masterful piece of understatement. My prediction is that giant sucking sound on Capitol Hill this morning is the wind blowing out of the Hill Democrats' plan to use the Delay-Abramoff link to discredit the entire House GOP majority.

Let it be noted by those who think the Post is so blinded by liberal bias that it is incapable of critical reporting on Democrats that the Birnbaum/Willis story today would not be possible without a major commitment of time and analytical effort in going through the campaign finance data.

The Post's many critics on the Right ought to be congratulating the paper's editors for publishing this story.