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Re the Abramoff "Nonsense" - "Democrats Much More Tolerant of Corruption"

Reported by Melanie - January 4, 2006

Newt Gingrich was a guest today (January 4, 2006) on Your World w/Neil Cavuto and he and Cavuto put a rather incredible spin on the Jack Abramoff scandal.

After ten FOX NEWS ALERTS preceeding reports, but not necessarily new information about the health of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon or the mine disaster in W. Virginia, Cavuto introduced Gingrich, saying he knew a "way to avoid a lot of this nonsense." ("Nonsense?" Is that FOX's official description of what Abramoff and his teammates were involved in? Nonsense?)

Gingrich said that Washington should "ban fundraising while congress is in session," ban "fundraising in Washington, D.C. itself" and say we're "not going to tolerate the passing of money in the US Capitol." He said we should make it easier for "people in general" to "have access to the US Capitol" and "lift any limit on the amount of money citizens back home give to candidates back home in their congressional districts."

Gingrich said the scandal, er, nonsense, is,

Much more dangerous for the Republican party because we're the natural party of reform. Our base is the working, tax-paying American who doesn't like big government, doesn't particularly like that kind of behavior. And, so, I think we run a much bigger risk in these kind of scandals than do the Democrats whose base is, frankly, much more tolerant of corruption.

Comment: Cavuto, of course, didn't ask Gingrich to explain how his lame suggestions, if implemented, would do anything to prevent more Abramoff-like "nonsense," nor did he challenge Gingrich's assertion that Democrats are "more tolerant of corruption." But, then again, I probably would have choked on my apple-flavored Jolly Rancher candy if he had.

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