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Reid Doublespeak – “Apologizes” To GOP

Someone needs to talk to top Senate Democrat Harry Reid about his schizophrenia.

From Brit Hume's Political Grapevine:

Reid Apologizes to Republicans

Friday, January 20, 2006
By Brit Hume

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid has issued an apology for pointing to 33 Republican senators as examples of GOP corruption. In a 27-page document entitled "Republican Abuse of Power," Reid criticized lawmakers for ties to disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, but also attacked some senators with no links to Abramoff for purported offenses that took place before they came to Congress.

Reid now says the document, released in his name, went too far and apologized saying, "I myself have been the subject of similar personal attacks from Republican outlets…[and] understand the unfair picture they can paint and the pain they cause."

But then we have this new attack, the very next day, from Saudi-owned Reuters:

Democrats assail Republicans on ethics

Sat Jan 21, 2006

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats accused Republicans on Saturday of using "doublespeak" and abusing their power in order to help special interest groups.

With Republicans burdened by the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said in the weekly Democratic radio address that years of controlling both the White House and Congress had corrupted the Republican Party.

"There is a price to pay for this Republican abuse of power and it can be seen in the present state of our union," Reid said. "Special interests and the well-connected have been rewarded by Republicans while everyone else has been left behind."

The scandal theme is likely to play a role in the run-up to the November congressional elections. Abramoff entered guilty pleas in a wide-ranging bribery investigation that has prompted calls by both parties for reform.

The scandal has implicated at least one member of Congress, Republican Rep. Bob Ney of Ohio, and some former aides to Rep. Tom DeLay, a Texas Republican who stepped down as majority leader.

Reid accused Republicans of using "doublespeak" to sell their agenda.

"When they wanted to let energy companies release more pollution into the air, they called it the 'Clear Skies Initiative,'" he said. "When they wanted to let loggers cut down more trees and weaken environmental laws, they called it the 'Healthy Forests Initiative.'

"My favorite Republican doublespeak is when they wanted to give tax breaks to their special interest friends even though it meant adding more than $50 billion to our deficit, they called their effort the 'Deficit Reduction Act,'" he said.

Reid's harsh criticism followed an apology he made this week to Republicans senators for a news release outlining reports of ethical problems, singling out individual senators.

Reid apologized for the tone of the document released by his office, saying it went too far.

Did someone say "doublespeak"?

Lest we forget, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) received at least $68,941 from Jack Abramoff's groups. Which places the moral paragon third after John Kerry ($98,550) and Patty Murray ($78,991) for top score among Democrat Senators. Senator ChuckSchumer (D-NY), featured in the photograph above, received at least $29,550.

Meanwhile, Tom "the most corrupt man who ever lived " Delay only received $15,000. And unlike Democrats Reid, Kerry, Murray or Schumer, the evil Republican Delay has given away the filthy lucre he received to charity.

In fact, the Democrats on the whole received only a very little less of Abramoff's largess than did the GOP. Which is understandable, given that the Republicans hold the White House and both houses of Congress.

But you'd never know any of this from our one party media.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Saturday, January 21st, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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