It is time for a quick break from our Primary Wars.
The results tonight mean that this will go on for many more days and the process may tear our unity apart. We are on a path to a hard fracturing of the Democratic Party as various campaigns go all out for the kill.
This will create an opening for the Republican Party to hold onto the White House.
We should be careful.
One of the Republicans who could win as we fail to unite is John McCain.
Over the last few days he has been using his work on the Jack Abramoff scandal as a reason to support him.
And what did McCain do?
Why, he led the McCain/Bush Corruption Cover-Up of the Abramoff scandal.
We need to hit this meme hard in the coming months.
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As news of the Abramoff scandal broke, it was McCain who led the Senate’s Indian Affairs Committee’s investigation of Jack Abramoff.
Did I say
investigation, sorry my bad, I meant cover-up.
From the start, McCain worked overtime to keep a lid on the most damaging aspects of the Abramoff scandal and slow-walk the investigation.
He shaped the narrative. Abramoff became a rogue lobbyist who took advantage of his GOP pals to rip off some casinos.
McCain converted the scandal into Hollywood "heist/caper" film, knowing that American prejudices against Native Americans and tribal casinos would help hide the damning details of the Abramoff scandal:* Jack’s role as a 25-year bagman for the GOP: hidden. * Jack’s close working relationship with the Bush White House: hidden. * Jack’s close working relationship with the Republican Congressional Leadership: hidden. * Jack’s role in dirty tricks and off-the-books money for the GOP: hidden. * Jack’s role in Medicare reform: hidden. * Jack’s role energy policy: hidden.
McCain actively controlled the story and he put the investigation into slow motion. He ensured that it was a not a factor in the 2004 election. Then he ensured that voters would not know about how closely Abramoff, Rove and Bush worked together. The work of McCain limited the damage the Abramoff scandal had on the GOP in the 2006 election.
He also has suppressed a literal mountain of evidence—over 750,000 pages of documents related to Jack Abramoff, his work and his connections in and out of government.
Only about 8,000 pages of these documents have been released. Here is a snapshot:
It is a massive cover-up.
The pie chart does not do this justice.
Think of a carton of paper.
Each box hold 5,000 sheets.
Now, visualize 150 boxes filled with Abramoff’s emails, memos, billing records, schedules, appointments and many, many more related documents. The investigartion had everything.
Now, take away a box and a half of documents.
Set them in a pile.
This is what the McCain
investigation, I meant cover-up released. And most every Abramoff scandal news story and indictment to date has grown from these initial releases of documents.
Mountains of scandals and thousands of real crimes have been hidden and protected by Senator John McCain.
How many documents has McCain hidden.
Well, if you stacked them into a single stack, it would be about the fifth of the height of the Washington Monument, around 123.5 feet tall!
Here is another chart that paints a picture of the McCain//Abramoff Cover-up:
This scandal should be hung around McCain’s neck. There is no way we should let him get away with bragging about doing the dirty work to minimize the impact of the scandal on George W. Bush’s 2004 race and to keep most of his caucus out of a well deserved jail cell.
McCain is intensely corrupt.
I just thought I would pass that along.