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The Moral Low Ground

absolut_corruption%5B1%5D.0.jpgLately, it’s been one story after another on political corruption accusations, rumors of indictments, actual indictments, and plea deals among the GOP elites. It’s getting so a girl can’t keep up with the slime — so I’m offering some hip waders and a primer for the less initiated among us. Wade in.

— Have I mentioned that Fitz is back in front of a grand jury with his deputies and investigators on the Traitorgate mess today? Oh yeah, I did. The New York Times is reporting that Fitz and company spent almost three hours with the grand jury today. Oh, and that Rover and Bushie appear to have patched things up and made nice — at least so long as the Preznit needs his brain to get past the low poll numbers (or until he’s indicted, anyway).

— Duke Cunningham looks like he isn’t the only hog at the trough of defense contractor dollars. Ellen Miller has a list up at TPM Cafe. Josh Marshall is, of course, all over this story. Hello, Duncan Hunter, John Doolittle, Tom Delay, how’s the weather? Enjoy it while you can.

— Speaking of Tommy Boy, House Republican leadership types are leaving his job open in case his money laundering charges evaporate before January 31st. Hmmm…nothing better than a majority leader with multiple criminal investigations and an indictment hanging over his head.

Voting machines are back in the news again. Here’s hoping for some action with teeth in it, instead of the usual gumming up the political works with spin and baloney.

— Robert Scheer has a great summary of all the corruption sewer of the Abramoff mess in his SFChronicle editorial. Well worth a read.

— And speaking of excellent reads, if you miss this Wolcott gem, you’ll be sorry. Go and read it.

(Graphics love to 2politicaljunkies.)

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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