Tag Archives: Jack Abramoff

As watertiger put it, grifters gotta grift

Here again cometh Christian pin-up Ralph Reed and this time with More-Deity-For-Your-Dollars! He had to shut down that Indian Tribe swindle he had going – and damn but that was good money! Former partner Jack Abramoff went and changed careers after getting himself convicted and sent to jail. Jack’s into redemption now, so Ralph is back to plain old huckstering, an ancient, if dishonorable, profession. (See those annoying little points on the pocket handkerchief? There’s yer proof that Ralph’s the too too smooth sort.)

Does make me wonder where is Tom DeLay these days?

Jack Abramoff and Ralph Reed together again. Not.

A golf outing in Scotland - that's Abramoff on the left, Reed front middle and on the right former Rep. Bob Ney* who got scooped up in the mess.

Remember when they fought the law and the law won? Sadly, it broke up their little family and there were some squabbles. Such good times.

They were quite a pair back in the day . . . these two darlings of the Christian Right and AIPAC ran a brilliant coordinated con  (with a little help from Tom DeLay). Dueling, dancing lobbyists playing each others’ casino clients one against the other, working from a script they developed in advance. All the while, Reed was wearing a flag and carrying a cross. It was highly profitable – bags of that money got funnelled into Mr. DeLay’s favorite ’causes’. (Plus Jack and Tom had some good times in the Marianas Islands making sure near slave labor conditions went uninterrupted because there was money to be made there too. ) 

Abramoff went to jail – I can hardly remember what for – but angel-faced Ralph got off still squeaky clean with his shoes shined. As for Tom, who cares any more.

Because Abramoff’s story sucked up all the oxygen, Ralph managed to lay low till everyone forgot what a little worm he was, so he’s now been allowed back into the club. He recently organized a Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference (these conferences always have the flag/cross thing in the name) and got all the kewl kids to come.  Richard Land,  head of the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Church, was one of them.

Land spoke kindly of his friend. And he undertook to deflect any attempts to stain the good name of his friend and fellow Christian by saying:

“Most evangelicals who know about it view Ralph as a victim and that he was victimized by Abramoff like so many others,” Land said adding, “Conservatives don’t have any problem with people making money.”

That’s what the man said. And Reed stood there beaming.

*Ney resigned Congress in disgrace and went to jail. When I started this blog, for some reason he commented here and we had a brief correspondence. He’d sobered up in jail, expressed genuine remorse and put his life in order. He seems to be an okay guy. So good for him.

About time: Delay officially a felon

Tom Delay is headed for the big house. His sins were many but they got him on fraud, specifically because he “conspired to launder $190,000 of corporate money into campaign donations during the 2002 election by funneling it through the Republican National Committee. Texas law forbids corporate donations to candidates.”

During the Jack Abramoff scandals, we all learned the shameful details of Mr. Delay’s political life. His worst sin was cruelty; aiding and abetting slave labor in the Mariana Islands on behalf of campaign contributors.  He’s scum.

Dave at The Conservative Lie gives us the definitive history of this man’s sordid history.

From the post:

“DeLay himself was the recipient of several “free” trips paid for by the notorious lobbyist. One such trip was to the US territory of the Northern Mariana Islands.  DeLay and his family enjoyed some golf and some diving, while immigrant workers, predominately from Asia, slaved away in squalid conditions on the island to make clothes bearing the “Made in USA” label for companies like Gap and Liz Claiborne for about half of US minimum wage.  Workers there enjoy living behind barbed wire in shacks without running water, 12 hour work days 7 days a week and forced abortions.   After the trip, the Hammerdeclared the working conditions in the Marianas “A shining light for what is happening to the Republican Party,” and “everything that is good about what we are trying to do in America and leading the world in the free-market system . . .