Wednesday, May 24, 2006


I Suspect This Explains A Lot

In case anyone thought that Dennis Hastert's objections to the FBI's warrantless raid of William Jefferson's office were based on principle -- Um, maybe not.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert, is under investigation by the FBI, which is seeking to determine his role in an ongoing public corruption probe into members of Congress, ABC News has learned from high level official sources. Federal officials say the information implicating Hastert was developed from convicted lobbyists who are now cooperating with the government. Part of the investigation involves a letter Hastert wrote three years ago, urging the Secretary of the Interior to block a casino on an Indian reservation that would have competed with other tribes. The other tribes were represented by convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff who reportedly has provided details of his dealings with Hastert as part of his plea agreement with the government. The letter was written shortly after a fund-raiser for Hastert at a restaurant owned by Abramoff. Abramoff and his clients contributed more than $26,000 at the time.
There is a great Fighting Dem, John Laesch, running in Hastert's district. Send him some love and help push Hastert out the door:

HAH! You beat me to it by mere minutes. I was even planning to use the same headline.
Why would anyone imagine they were based on principle? Our Founders assumed that the people running the country would be scoundrels, and they were right for most of our history.

The point is that they created different interest groups for whom rising fortune could only come at the expense of another interest group. The Executive, Judicial, and Legislative branches compete for power and, by competing, never attain it.

Set a crook to catch a crook could summarize the doctrine of Separation of Powers. With Hastert v. Bush, that's a perfect fulfillment.
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