Why the hell is Abramoff saying these things? I don’t get it. I understand why he’s squealing to the Feds, but why the press? Did the Bushies try to scapegoat him even after he had threatened to go public with this stuff or something; so he’s showing that he wasn’t bluffing? That’s the best I can come up with. Otherwise, it just seems like he’s messing with some mighty important people for no particular reason. Adding insult when the injury was clearly enough.
And sure, he has a point with this:
"My so-called relationship with Bush, Rove and everyone else at the White House has only become important because instead of just releasing details about the very few times I was there, they created a feeding frenzy by their deafening silence," Abramoff told the magazine.
But that’s the thing. The Whitehouse does want a silence on this whole thing. They might be stupid about it, but that’s just how they do things. Good news is to be loudly proclaimed, even if they have to invent it; and bad news is to be shoved into the vacuum of space and lost forever. And in the fast-paced world of Whitehouse politics, they don’t have time to think through every damn crisis that comes up. They have their SOP and they stick with it.
So why is Abramoff rocking the boat? He’s been a good soldier for a long time now, and suddenly it’s like he wants the entire GOP against him. It’s not enough that he’s fingering them to the Feds; he’s got to cut-off their political escape routes too. Doesn’t he know that Republicans take care of loyal men better than the mafia? Doesn’t he want his own talk show? Might he be as sick of the Republicans as we are? I know I’d be. You have jackasses like Tom DeLay in your restaurant acting like they own the place while needling for yet another free meal and another round of drinks, and that’s got to start sucking. I think something like that happened in Goodfellas, right before they torched the place. Congressional bribery is fun and everything, until they start to take you for granted.
One thing that confused me was his statement that:
"The Democrats, on the other hand, are going overboard, virtually insisting I was there to plan the invasion of Iraq.”
I took about two minutes to research this (so you know I was thorough), and couldn’t find anything on it. Are there Dems who are accusing Abramoff of planning the Iraq invasion? I really wouldn’t put that as being his scene; though nothing surprises me with these guys. Of course, he says “virtually” so maybe he’s just going for a touch of overstatement; like he’s taking a potshot at Dems, so as to even the score a little. And hell, as long as he keeps dishing the dirt on the GOP bigwigs, he can take all the Dem potshots he wants.