Ever since Jack Abramoff was indicted on federal fraud and conspiracy charges, much of Washington, D.C. has been quaking in its loafers.
Dishonest Abe was a well-connected lobbyist; indeed it seems a new link between him and an important political figure is exposed each day.
Perhaps none is as significant as the revelation that Dishonest Abe, the poster-boy for Republicant corruption, counts President Bush as one of his pals.
Since then, photos of Incurious George and Dishonest Abe together at a number of White House functions have been much-sought-after and much-talked-about, but rarely seen.
The White House won’t release their photos. What have they got to hide? We already know the two have met.
Some outlets have posted descriptions of photos, but it’s a funny thing about pictures – you really have to see them. Somehow the imagination just never does them justice.
Bush initially tried to deny any memory of Dishonest Abe, but when that tactic became no longer possible to sustain, the White House – which had promised a “thorough report” on alleged connections to the disgrace lobbyist – began to say they didn’t talk about such matters.
Yesterday's release of emails from Dishonest Abe detailing his ties to Bush tightened the thumbscrews on the president.
Even some Republicants have called for Bush to fess up about his Abramoff connections, but thus far he's hemmed and hawed.
Bush is in part afraid photos of he and Dishonest Abe will be used by his party’s enemies for political gain. He’s right; even though he’ll be leaving office after this term, the photos will still find their way into election-time ads. They will connect Abramoff to Bush and Bush to “Politician X” to show the latter's connection to corruption.
So be it – we all have to choose our friends wisely.
It’s surprising that even in this instant information age the Dishonest George/Dishonest Abe pictures still haven’t made the rounds. But they will sooner or later (I keep hearing a drum roll for some reason). When they do, I’ll take two 8x10’s and a dozen wallet-sized, please.
Or, maybe we should fear those images being released. If they are, the Republicant faithful may go on a public rampage, burning media offices and calling for the beheading of liberals. Hey, it wouldn’t be the first time they became irrational in the defense of their Dear Leader.