The AP has now run two pieces alleging connections between Abramoff’s firm Greenberg Traurig and Harry Reid. The Big! Shocking! News! appears to be that Democrats also carry their share of the Abramoff taint.
Except, nowhere in either article do you find evidence that the lobbying conducted by Abramoff’s firm resulted in anything illegal or even unethical taking place. Reid was lobbied to oppose a bill which he not only ended up supporting but actually co-authored. As hard as it may be to believe, this appears to be one of those cases in which a lobbying firm engaged in conduct which was not in fact illegal. Readers are welcome to point out the allegedly illegal activity in the comments.
It appears that this whole story amounts to a 5th-grade game of cooties where any contact with the ‘it’ person makes you radioactive unless you uncap the invisible cootie spray, spin around three times and say the secret word. Rightwingers who want to maintain their credibility will want to reserve judgment until somebody actually alleges that something unethical took place.
On the other hand, folks keeping track of actual Abramoff-related crime will be pleased to welcome three more GOP congresspersons to the club: Reps. Capito (R-WV), LaTourette (R-OH) and Young (R-AK). Rep. Young seems to have been a particularly naughty boy.