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Abramoff

Lots of email from readers, friendly and hostile, over-reading my/our “silence” on the story. To be honest, I don’t have a good reason for my own silence save to say I’m not that interested in it. By which I mean the day to day developments don’t change how I see it or give me any desire to comment. I do think it is a real and important story — the wishful thinking of liberals and the media notwithstanding — and I won’t shed a tear for him or anybody else who deserves to go down the tubes (of course “deserving” is in the details). There are lots of important stories that I can’t get worked up about. This is one of them. Perhaps that will change. If it turns out that Kosites and Tapped crowd are right and this has major political legs or if some important politicians go down because of what Abramoff tells the prosecution, then, by all means I’ll be more interested. But do keep in mind, these are the same voices who swore that gay escort guy was a huge story. This is obviously a bigger story than that, but I think there are lots of people eager for a feeding frenzy that serves purposes well beyond the Abramoff story.

As it stands now, it’s your basic K-Street corruption story. I was never that interested in these kinds of stories under Clinton — when they were more plentiful — and I’m not now. Until then, my attitude is shame on the guilty parties and get back to me when there’s something interesting to discuss.

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