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Thursday, December 04, 2003  

Speaking of bizarro world, I sometimes find myself becoming inured to corruption. It's so damn pervasive. Corruption plus a little bizarro world spin and you've got politics as usual. Going in reverse, when you're looking corruption squarely in the face, sometimes you forget that it's not synonymous with politics.

Dave Johnson reminds us that trying to bribe elected officials falls across the line--it's corruption. Thumbnail: during the house vote on Medicare, Hastert and DeLay were fitting Michigan Rep Nick Smith with a pair of thumbscrews.

Smith, self term-limited, is leaving Congress. His lawyer son Brad is one of five Republicans seeking to replace him from a GOP district in Michigan's southern tier. On the House floor, Nick Smith was told business interests would give his son $100,000 in return for his father's vote. When he still declined, fellow Republican House members told him they would make sure Brad Smith never came to Congress. After Nick Smith voted no and the bill passed, Duke Cunningham of California and other Republicans taunted him that his son was dead meat.

The rest of the story's here. Go tell someone about it.

posted by Jeff | 1:38 PM |
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