For those of you who don’t think Abramoff is on the mind of Republicans, I offer you this statement from Lindsey Graham:
Let me tell you this: Guilt by association is going to drive good men and women away from wanting to sit where you’re sitting. And we’re going to go through a bit of this ourselves as congressmen and senators.
People are going to take a fact that we got a campaign donation from somebody who’s found out to be a little different than we thought they were — and our political opponent’s going to say, “Aha, I got you!”
And we’re going to say, “Wait a minute. I didn’t know that. I didn’t take the money for that reason.”
And you know what? I’m going to believe these senators and congressmen for the most part, because that’s the way we do our business. We meet people here every day. We have photos taken with people — and sometimes you wish you didn’t have your photo taken.
But that doesn’t mean that you’re a bad person because of that association.
That was in the middle of his defense of Alito, and no one is talking about how out of place that seems since we are all wrapped up in the tears of Mrs. Alito. The Abramoff scandal is lurking in the background of everything the Republicans in Washington say and think.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, earlier in the hearings:
Sen. Lindsey Graham said he believes Judge Sam Alito when he says he doesn’t remember certain parts of his murder boards.
Alito smiled appreciately.
Continued Graham: “And if any of us come before a court and say we can’t remember Abramoff, you’ll believe us.”
“Abramoff who?” queried another Senator.
“Wasn’t he the guy in the Bible?” asked a third.
Lindsey Graham is preoccupied with something, and it isn’t Sam Alito.
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I should probably add that I don’t think Graham is embroiled in this whole Abramoff mess, or at least I hope he isn’t. I think what is motivating his concern is that he has a legal background and apparently thinks there is a lot to this scandal.