Earlier this week I noted that the Bush administration has been moving to cover up its connections with Jack Abramoff. A new poll suggests that a cover up may not be possible:
A strong bipartisan majority of the public believes President Bush should disclose all contacts between disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and White House staffers despite administration claims that media requests for details about those contacts amount to a "fishing expedition," according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.The Washington Post has the story here. According to the WP, two-thirds of those respondents identifying themseelves as Republicans agreed that the President should disclose in full the nature of his relationship with Jack Abramoff. In the face of this kind of pressure, it might not be able for the President to avoid another damaging disclosure of Republican corruption.
The survey found that three in four--76 percent--of all Americans said Bush should disclose contacts between aides and Abramoff while 18 percent disagreed. Two in three Republicans joined with eight in 10 Democrats and political independents in favoring disclosure, according to the poll.
The Bush administration admits that Abramoff may have met the President as many as twelve times when pictures were taken. My question is: how many times did they meet without cameras, hundreds of times? What did they discuss when they met?
My theory: Bush was in on the "K Street Project" and used his influence as a quid pro quo. Contrary to his public reputation, George W. Bush was a savvy Washington-insider who knew all about influencepeddling before he ever ran for President. A Republican lobbyist with deep pockets like Abramoff would have been seen as a natural ally by Bush and Rove. Abramoff's influence with the President wasn't an empty boast, as some have suggested, I believe it was real.