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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

MT-Sen: Max Baucus Joins Culture of Corruption

Posted by Bob Brigham

The new Hotline On Call (subscription free) yesterday exposed Montana Senator Max Baucus (D?) for his ties to Leo Giacometto. For those unfamiliar with Montana politics, Giacometto has a reputation as being the most crooked hack around -- no matter where in the country he goes. We aren't just talking typical pay-to-play corruption, we're talking one of the key guys in the death of Republican Rep. Paul Sliter. Yet Democrat Max Baucus is now entangled in Giacometto's culture of corruption.

Montana blogger Matt Singer is widely respected because he talks truth to power and refuses to give free passes to Democrats when their actions deserve to be criticized. So go check out Left in the West, Singer justifiably takes his Senator to the woodshed.

UPDATE: (Bob) On the most popular Democratic blog (average of more than 750,000 readers a day), the word is:

Corruption is corruption, no matter where it takes place, no matter which party engages in it. [...]

Keep that shit on their side of the aisle. It's hard to talk "culture of corruption" when our own side starts fraternizing with their sleaziest characters.

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"Culture of Corruption" is a great phrase which encapsulates the entire GOP. I think we diminish its effectiveness when we start applying it to Democrats, even ones many of us don't especially like, no matter how accurate it may (or may not) be.

Posted by: DavidNYC [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 12, 2005 01:27 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Giacometto is the Republican Culture of Corruption -- that was a reputation he earned during his work for Republican Senator Conrad Burns. This is like doing a fundraiser with Abramoff -- it is as dirty of a move as is imaginable. In terms of Montana politics, this is worse than doing a fundraiser with Abramoff.

Next year could be a GOP Culture of Corruption year or it could be a throw the bums out year. I'd prefer the former, but some Washington Democrats seem determined to remove contrast from the issue.

Posted by: Bob Brigham [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 12, 2005 01:33 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment