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Friday, January 20, 2006

Jack Abramoff's pop can beat up your pop

Mil Apodos sent me this latest dispatch from Bizarroworld. In that strange land, the real victim in all this corrupt D.C. money-grubbing is the man at the center-- Jack Abramoff!

The Rancho Mirage father of controversial Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff is responding to actor George Clooney for what he’s describing as a “glib and ridiculous attack” on his son.

Frank Abramoff, in a letter addressed to Clooney and sent to The Desert Sun this morning, said he was watching the Golden Globes Monday night when Clooney, during his acceptance speech for best supporting actor, thanked Jack Abramoff “just because” and made a comment about the lobbyist’s name.

“Who would name their kid Jack with the last words ‘off’ at the end of your last name? No wonder that guy is screwed up,” Clooney said during the internationally televised awards show.

In the letter, Frank Abramoff furiously defends the name, saying his son is named after Frank’s father. In the two-page letter, he calls Clooney’s acts a “lapse in lucidity” and an “obscene query.”

In a telephone interview with The Desert Sun this morning, Frank Abramoff said Clooney was “an idiot” and described the actions as “pure, unadulterated stupidity.”

“You want to make fun. You can do that, but you don't make fun of someone else's hardships and misery,” the 78-year-old Abramoff said. “We’ve gone through quite a bit in our family. But the political end of it and the media end of it and all the other areas are one thing. When you see something like that on a show for 500 million people, it was not only a slap in my son’s face but in my father’s.”

Clooney's remark may well have been sophomoric (and not very funny, either), but there's something a little disingenuous about a man claiming his son-- the Washington fixer who's stolen millions from his clients and helped turn Washington into a pay-to-play cesspool-- is the real victim here.

Isn't that what we liberals are always accused of? Coddling criminals? Ohhhh, they meant impoverished black criminals. Got it.