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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.

To the jump...

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:

McCain JA doc chart

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:

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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.


Originally posted to dengre on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 08:05 PM PST.

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  •  Oh, great. Terry McAuliffe is back... (20+ / 0-)

    Abramoff was corrupt.

    So were many, many Republicans.

    Sadly there are quite a few Democrats who feed at the same trough of corruption as Jack and his fellow Republicans.

    McAuliffe is one of those Democrats.

    As I type this, he is on the TV bragging about the win of HIS candidate.

    With McCain and McAuliffe riding high tonight it is a great night for the culture of corruption.

    It is not a good night for those who wish to end it.


    Time to clean up DeLay's petri dish! Help CNMI guest workers find justice! Learn more at Unheard No More.

    by dengre on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 08:07:08 PM PST

    •  Thank You, dengre (9+ / 0-)

      McCain is one corrupt sob, and I'm hoping that he gets taken down big-time if/when he gets the nomination. And even if he doesn't.

      He was also a great friend of Charles Keating & the Keating 5 during the 80s savings & loan meltdown.

      From another positive perpective, many of the infamous Abramoff 65, are either jailed, indicted, resigned, or will be retiring this year. Not the least among them, Denny Hastert.

      Miles to go before we sleep.

      •  MeCain was IN THE ROOM when payoffs happened (1+ / 0-)
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        It's worse than being a friend of charles keating, McCain was in the room when payoffs took place, according to his own testimony, and was part of an effort to influence regulators. This earned him a seat as one of the Keating Five

        from Wiki: "...On his Keating Five experience, McCain said: "The appearance of it was wrong. It's a wrong appearance when a group of senators appear in a meeting with a group of regulators, because it conveys the impression of undue and improper influence. And it was the wrong thing to do."[75]

        Wrong, wrong and wrong, John--and this is the man who wants to be president. McCain made it through without censure but he did the same things the others were censured for.

        Good to see you back on this topic, dengre. Good graphics, too.  Perhaps if McCain is nominated the whole Abramoff thing will come out.....finally. We have other things to throw at him too, as you see.

        " You don't need to be an icthyologist to know when a rotten fish stinks." Daniel Ellsberg, from "Secrets"

        by exlrrp on Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 07:39:17 AM PST

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    •  I hope this gets heard among all the election (5+ / 0-)

      screaming tonight.

      -4.00 -5.44 "A man who chooses not to read, is just as ignorant as the man who cannot read." Mark Twain

      by TexDem on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 08:43:49 PM PST

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      •  Who can say (4+ / 0-)

        The election shouting will go on and on.

        Meanwhile, everything else will be left behind.

        Perhaps it is time to check out for a while until the madness is done...

        Time to clean up DeLay's petri dish! Help CNMI guest workers find justice! Learn more at Unheard No More.

        by dengre on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 08:57:04 PM PST

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        •  We need your voice even if (2+ / 0-)
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          Land of Enchantment, victoria2dc

          it's hard to to heard above the din. All it takes is that one breakthrough message. Plus as you have noted the crap still goes on.
          Thanks for your hard work, research and passion.

          -4.00 -5.44 "A man who chooses not to read, is just as ignorant as the man who cannot read." Mark Twain

          by TexDem on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 09:19:50 PM PST

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        •  Hey dengre! It's been too long (4+ / 0-)

          I presume you've been busy on more good stuff.

          Perhaps it is time to check out for a while until the madness is done...

          No! Don't you even think of doing any checking out. Although the elections will continue going on and on, we can (and are) doing this and in case you haven't noticed, we're doing some very important work with Congressman Wexler and Senator Dodd.

          At least in my mind, the Kossacks and their pals in the blogosphere can do more than write candidate diaries. Many of us are working behind the scenes to coordinate with Congressman Wexler to keep impeachment on the radar screen.  As the congressman says, "It's an uphill battle."  While it appears to be moving slowly, I'm hopeful that it's moving.  I'm hopeful because we have four sitting members of the House Judiciary Committee who are leading the fight.  We have a group of people who are willing to fight and are actively doing what we can in support of the three primary goals that the congressman gave us.  As of this moment we have 183,821 respondents to the petition and a bunch of back room action going on between local activists and their members of the judiciary committee.  You would be proud to know how strong the New York members are.  They are putting real pressure on Congressman Nadler to join with the other four to get hearings.

          I'm telling you not to go away because I know what you've done with Abramoff and all of your other work.  It may be just what we need to move things forward.  Perhaps with a little insight and unity we can unite all of the pieces and get it done while exposing the corrupt politicians like McCain and our own Democratic leadership.  It seems that we have to take a lot of them down before we can elect a leader who is clean or at least less dirty than the next one. We can use your help.  Please don't go anywhere!

        •  Please don't. Many of us are (2+ / 0-)
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          TexDem, Land of Enchantment

          searching for other-than-candidate information.  Thank you for this.

        •  Your work sets a high standard and is appreciated (0+ / 0-)

          Missed it, but certainly would have recommended always!
          Thanks again.
            That stack of documents sure translates to a lot of ...pressure/blackmail/payback/influence....etc.
           Shameful that he's still being considered for anything but an orange jumpsuit.

  •  Keating Five, anyone? (5+ / 0-)

    McCain was exposed for a corrupt bastard a long time ago.  Might be time to revisit the Keating Five scandal to begin to hang the corruption label around John McCain's neck.  A vigorous reairing of that bit of his past would put McCain on the defensive and make any refusal on his part to release these documents look as suspicious as it should.

  •  GREAT use of graphics! Thanks. (1+ / 0-)
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    I would make the colors less pretty, though.......

    Great work....Thanks.

    "The Science of Propaganda" and search NYPL website for "Lakoff"

    by LNK on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 09:18:02 PM PST

    •  I've been reading dengre since the day (1+ / 0-)
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      I found this site.  Sometimes I have to copy and paste it to a Word doc and save it in my files.  Sometimes I have to break it down into installments because it's difficult to imagine that this kind of corruption is going on.  There is no doubt that we need people like dengre in the traditional media because none of them can do it better than he can.

      Dengre, did anyone from CREW ever contract you about these 750,000 e-mails?  Did you see emptywheel's thoughts on this today?  I would love for the two of you to work together on this and make so much noise that someone with integrity on the Indian Affairs Committee decides to act on it.

      I'm sorry but I don't think the Chairman is very concerned about doing oversight.  I sent this to him too many times with no response. It's frustrating.

  •  Thank You, dengre!! Was looking for this story (2+ / 0-)
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    TexDem, victoria2dc

    last week. Book marked it again. Double Thanks!!

    Single purpose usage belittles the search for true value.

    by 0hio on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 09:26:26 PM PST

  •  that graphic thingy sucks, dudeyou (0+ / 0-)

    you got a good idea for a diary, but that graphic image is killing my dialup

  •  Great diary as always dengre (1+ / 0-)
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    I had forgotten about the almost 3/4 million suppressed documents and judging by the jubilant coverage of "Mac is Back" so did the COM apparently.

    The stench of corruption around "McCain" is still as strong as ever. Thanks for the reminder.

    Heather Wilson cried because Janet DIDN'T cover up

    by exNYinTX on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 11:49:46 PM PST

  •  Great always (0+ / 0-)

    but given all the work you do on these (obviously a ton of work), could I suggest a better graphic than a pie chart, esp. one that's 3-D? peeve

  •  Thanks (1+ / 0-)
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    For this diary
    It's sad it scrolled away

  •  Sen. Dorgan (D-ND) now chairs Committee (3+ / 0-)
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    KenBee, kurt, BYw

    Since January 2007, Democratic Senator Byron L. Dorgan of North Dakota has been the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.  Why hasn’t he released any of the remaining 97% of the Abramoff documents?!  He has had more than a year to do it.  We need to keep pushing on this issue.

    Have you or anyone else requested Chairman Dorgan to release this material?  If there is something there, now would be a good time to get it!

  •  This could be our opening... (1+ / 0-)
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    I am deeply concerned about the prospects of McCain winning the nomination.  Calling Bush the teflon president is a joke compared to the way all of McCain's horrible misdeeds just seem to roll off of his back and the way the media treats him like some kind of diety.  It is going to take a really tenacious effort to educate the public about the REAL John McCain.  I no longer blame Bush for the viciousness of his attacks on McCain in 2000.  This guy makes Bush look like an angel.  I have been on to this punk for a long time, and his presidency would make Bush's look like the Golden Years.  

    We are getting smeared by McVain in WI, Maryland (yes Maryland), Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida and others based on the myth he has created.  Why SusanG here does his dirty work by "outing" all of his Republican rivals is a greater mystery than Hitchcock's best.  But, I guess she cannot be helped for lacking ability.  Nevertheless, we MUST stop McCain.  I sleep less at night worrying about his SOTU speeches.  

  •  Sorry I missed recommending this one (3+ / 0-)
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    OpherGopher, KenBee, kurt

    It should be front paged. Glad it was rescued.

  •  McCave is a Survivor: Savings and Loan + the (2+ / 0-)
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    KenBee, kurt

    Keating Five.

    He caved big time on the 'torture issue' along with Graham and Warner, but the M$M still holds these guys up as 'the good guys'.

    He serves on the AS Readiness Committee...what a total FU who has sold out the military time after time after time for a Bud Lite.

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