Well, the first day of October is technically Sunday, but this sure as hell counts:
During the period examined by the committee, Bush administration officials repeatedly intervened on behalf of Abramoff s clients, including helping a Mississippi Indian tribe obtain $16 million in federal funds for a jail the tribe wanted to build.
Abramoff was able to block the nomination of one Interior Department official using Christian conservative Ralph Reed as a go-between with Rove, according to e-mails between Abramoff and Reed.
Abramoff also tried to oust a State Department employee who interfered with their efforts on behalf of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, one of Abramoff s most lucrative clients.
Linking Delay, Ney and Burns to Abramoff was significant enough; Delay and Ney stepped aside and Burns is now headed toward defeat in one of the reddest states in the nation. But this is several orders of magnitude bigger than any Abramoff connection that’s come before. The best thing for Democrats this November is an image of a corrupt Republican party. Bush has been able to keep ethical issues out of the public eye through legalizing torture and the like. But there’s no way this isn’t going to set the national agenda for weeks to come. It’s enough to make one believe in karma.