Monday, October 02, 2006

I want to thank the NRCC

The other day, I was trying to explain to a conservative acquaintance of mine exactly what it is that Tom DeLay has been accused of. After several attempts to give him a basic explanation for "money laundering," I finally said, frustrated, "It's when someone takes dirty money and makes it look clean."

Today, I have both the perfect explanation for the concept and a simple shorthand way to explain what's wrong with today's Republican party: The NRCC's attempt to launder Mark Foley's money:
Carl Forti, the communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said Sunday that the committee would gladly accept Mr. Foley’s money or part of it to devote to House races. Mr. Foley already gave $100,000 to the committee in July, campaign records show, as part of the party’s Battleground Program, to which members are asked to contribute.

“The money is in the control of Mr. Foley,” Mr. Forti said. “Whatever he decides to do with it is up to him.”
You see, this one act demonstrates the crooked nature of the Republican money machine and the malleable values of the "Family Values" party. They talk about protection all day long, but, when it comes down to it, they just want the money, baby.

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