Mr. Pot, Please Meet Mr. Kettle
Republican national committee chairman Reince Priebus has called Las Vegas “a metaphor for all things decadent”. The brains (metaphorically speaking) that run the republican party have decided that because of that definition, Las Vegas will not be home to their 2016 convention.
Without even venturing into events that may or may not have taken place in airport men’s rooms and other (metaphorically speaking) inappropriate areas, I’d like to list a few examples of what many would call the “Takes one to know one” syndrome.
I suppose Mr. Priebus might not consider the following people to be “Decadent”,
The list courtesy of democraticunderground.com:
Jack Abramoff – Abramoff, a Bush Pioneer and Republican lobbyist, pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud in connection with Suncruz casino boats in January 2006. He also pleaded guilty to two additional fraud counts and tax evasion in connection with lobbying for Native American tribes in 2006.
Ralph Reed – Reed, a Bush Pioneer (2000), Ranger (2004) and prominent Republican lobbyist, is being investigated because of a $4 million payment that Abramoff made to Reed.
James Tobin – Former NRCC, RNC and Bush-Cheney ’04 staffer was convicted in December 2005 for his role in a plot to stop people from voting in New Hampshire in 2002.
Alan Fabian – Fabian was the co-chair of Mitt Romney’s national finance committee and a prominent Republican donor who gave 100,000+ to the RNC and the Bush inauguration. In August 2007 he was indicted for allegedly making $32 million in false purchases of computer equipment to pay for his lavish spending habits.
Robert Kjellander – Kjellander, a Bush Pioneer and RNC treasurer, was subpoenaed by federal prosecutors in August 2005 as part of a probe investigating corruption at the Illinois Teacher’s Retirement Systems, a state run teacher’s pension fund. The subpoena specifically sought records relating to Kjellander’s receipt of $4.5 million in fees from the Carlyle group, for helping to land the business with the pension fund.
Kyle “Dusty” Foggo – Foggo, the former #3 official at the CIA, was indicted by a Grand Jury on corruption charges in connection with his campaign contributions to Republican members of Congress and resulting federal contracts.
Bernie Kerik – “Federal prosecutors in New York have informed Kerik that he is a ‘target’ of a criminal investigation into possible tax problems, illegal wiretapping and making false statements in an FBI questionnaire connected to Kerik’s nomination.” In addition, a Daily News investigation revealed that Kerik accepted cash and gifts from Interstate Industrial, an allegedly mobbed-up construction company.
Michael Mixon – Mixon, a major NRCC donor, was indicted on charges of fraud and funding terrorism.
Thomas Noe – Noe, a Bush Pioneer, pleaded guilty in May 2006 on charges of money laundering in connection to his political fundraising. He was also the key figure in the Ohio “Coingate” scandal.
Brent Wilkes – Wilkes, George W. Bush’s finance co-chairman in California, was indicted in February 2007 by a Grand Jury on corruption charges in connection with his campaign contributions to Republican members of Congress and resulting federal contracts.
Larry “Wide Stance” Craig – Sen. Craig returned $43,500 in campaign contributions received from Brent Wilkes and his business associates after an Idaho reported that he sponsored an amendment to earmark a $3 million contract to Wilkes’ company.
Pete Domenici – In April 2007, the Senate confirmed that the Senate Ethics Committee was investigating Sen. Domenici’s role in phone calls he made about ongoing investigations into Democratic officials shortly before the 2006 election.
Bill Frist – The Securities and Exchange Commission in investigating whether Frist, the former Senate Majority Leader engaged in insider trading, selling off holdings in HCA immediately before its value plummeted. Frist maintained that his holdings were in a blind trust, but the Senate frequently provided Frist with information on his holdings and Frist directed the sale of the stock. At the time of the sale, Frist’s brother was on HCA’s Board of Directors.
David Vitter – Sen. Vitter acknowledged committing a “very serious sin” after his number appeared five times in the records of what federal authorities say was a Washington call-girl operation
Tom DeLay – Former Rep. DeLay resigned from Congress after being admonished by the ethics four times, being indicted for money laundering in Texas, and revelations showing numerous controversial ties to Jack Abramoff.
The list goes on for as much time as you have to read it.
So, Mr. Priebus, just how decadent is ‘Vegas looking to you now?
P.S., if you played a variant on that old school college drinking game and took a drink ,or a deep hit on your autographed G.W. Bush Peace Pipe every time you ran across the name “Bush” in the list above, you’re in line for a long recovery at Betty Ford’s halfway house for republicans that won’t go all the way.
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