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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Friday, March 31, 2006

Sleeping with the devil

More evidence that the Hard Right is adept at speaking out of both sides of its mouth (not that it hard to find that sort of thing these days).

Grover Norquist, whose "grass-roots taxpayers movement" Americans for Tax Reform proclaims itself the defender of the pocketbook of the average citizen, gets its dough from the other end of the lawn. And not just the tall grass, but the by exploiting players in the very evils the moral right professes to oppose -- gambling and smoking.

The Boston Globe also reveals that conservative political tenets, like scorn for trial attorneys, goes by the board when it comes to cash. Grover and his boys' largest single contributor is a trial lawyer who donated $4.3 million. Dickie Scruggs, the Mississippi Democrat who sues tobacco companies, was looking for a lobbyist to protect his settlements.

Coming days after Jack Abramoff, the pious pimp, learned he would be locked away for almost six years for shaking down Indian tribes (much the same way Grover does), this has to send an additional chill through the sanctimonious men who scorn liberals, sneer at our values -- all with the lucre provided them by corporate treasuries and the occasional self-serving Democratic snake.

Hypocrisy can only get you so far -- as even George Bush is learning.


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