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Massachusetts Liberal

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

Monday, March 26, 2007

The fish rots from the head down

As if starting a war under false pretenses -- lying about weapons of mass destruction and al Qaeda connections were not enough -- we're now seeing the depth of corruption that marks an administration elected to "clean up the mess in Washington."

As Attorney General Albert Gonzales' role in Purgegate become more clear -- and GOP senators start to bail on him -- we are about to see a similar scandal play out at the General Services Administration. Once again, we are looking using the federal government's apparatus to the benefit of "loyal Bushies."

This, of course, is the second round of questionable dealings at the GSA, the federal government's chief purchasing agency. David Safavian, the agency's former chief of staff, was found guilty of lying and obstruction of justice for his efforts to help administration fixer Jack Abramoff.

Unlike Purgegate, -- where Republican talking points stretch to compare the removal of eight US attorneys for not being "loyal Bushies" to the normal changing of the guard -- there's a real law involved here: the Hatch Act. That 67-year-old law restricts executive-branch employees from using their positions for political purposes.

Throw in the Scooter Libby conviction for lying, the cast of characters from Tom DeLay to Bob Ney to Duke Cunningham accused or convicted of corrupt practices, and the stench emanating from the GOP is overpowering.

And that doesn't even begin to deal with the the actions of W. himself to to pervert and upend the Constitution -- whether it involves illegal wiretapping of American citizens, declaring the Geneva Conventions "obsolete" and "quaint" to condone torture or stealing elections in 2000 and 2004.

History will long remember this administration that professed "moral values" as the most corrupt of all time -- right down there with Richard Nixon.

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