The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Tuesday, January 24, 2006

What, me reform?

California Representative John Doolittle is one of the Congressmen tainted by the Abramoff scandal. He's received $4,000 from Abramoff himself, and almost $140,000 from Abramoff clients and associates. But Doolittle is still a fan of the disgraced lobbyist, saying of his pal, "I liked him, frankly, because he was a partisan, conservative Republican activist."

Doolittle not only claims to have done nothing wrong (much like Frist, DeLay and Cunningham), but thinks this whole business of reforming money in politics is, frankly, a waste of time.

"Our leaders think we have to show that we're doing something," Doolittle said. "This is about appearance. Those ethics reforms that are being proposed in my opinion have almost no bearing on whatever happened in the Abramoff matter, and I'm not sure they're terribly wise things to do."

With friends like these, who needs Democrats? Liberals should be quoting Doolittle on this the way the righties quote Lieberman on their pet issues.