Friday, January 13, 2006

Hired Goons

Harry Reid once again steps up to the plate and proves that there are some Mormons you just don't mess with. Here's a nice piece he wrote for the Houston Chronicle about one of their local lawbreakers:
In 1977, I was appointed chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission. It was a difficult time for the gaming industry and Las Vegas, which were being overrun by organized crime. To that point in my life, I had served in the Nevada Assembly and even as lieutenant governor, but nothing prepared me for my fight with the mob.

Over the next few years, there would be threats on my life, bribes, FBI stings and even a car bomb placed in my family's station wagon. It was a terrifying experience, but at the end of the day, we cleaned up Las Vegas and ushered in a new era of responsibility.

My term on the gaming commission came to an end in 1981, and when it did, I thought I had seen such corruption for the last time. Unfortunately, that has not been the case. It is not quite the mafia of Las Vegas in the 1970s, but what is happening today in Washington is every bit as corrupt and the consequences for our country have been severe.

Our nation's capital has been overrun by organized crime — Tom DeLay-style.
Daaaaaaamn. I think the Bugman is about to get exterminated.

(Thanks to Atrios for the link, and American Idle for the image. An image that burns my retinas, but a nice image all the same.)


Mr Furious said...

Yeah, Carpetbagger (a many times daily must-read) had that Op-Ed too. I said it there, and I'll say it here. I'm sorry it cost us a seat for it to happen, but the elevation of Reid to Leader, replacing Daschle, is the best thing to happen for Dems in a long time. And we haven't even really reaped the rewards yet.

I love that guy.

Otto Man said...

I agree completely. I thought Reid was going to be a repeat of Daschle, and boy was I wrong. I love that guy.

Give 'em hell, Harry.

Thrillhous said...

Man, that picture is great. Even better than the Byrd-Stevens version.

ORF said...

Yeah, that pic of Abramoff looks almost real...spooky!

And yes, I too find Reid to be a much better fit in his position than Demon Daschle. Tom had just gotten so angry at everything that he'd become incapable of really doing much.