The more I think about it, the more irked I get about the fact that the recent Globe piece on American religious con man Ralph Reed said absolutely nothing about his current ethics controversy.
A really brief discussion of that controversy can be found here, in the current issue of The Nation, with the salient stuff coming at the end (emphasis added):
To be sure, Democrats have a sorry history of running as reformers. The party's inability to exploit the Enron debacle--at least partly because some Democrats accepted Enron-linked donations--shows there's more to hanging a scandal around your opponents' necks than merely watching it unfold. But because of Abramoff's long and close ties to the GOP establishment, the scandal of this particular lobbyist presents a unique opening. Indeed, while the primary focus should be on House and Senate races, one of the most interesting playouts of Abramoff's troubles may come in Georgia, where his pal from college Republican days, Reed, is running for lieutenant governor. Reed's most aggressive Democratic foe, former State Senator Greg Hecht, has created a model for Democrats seeking to make hay from the scandal by banging away at what he refers to as the Abramoff-Reed scandal. It appears to be working. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia Republicans are worried about polls that show Reed's negatives beginning to move ahead of his positives. If Democrats are smart, they'll recognize that these trends can apply well beyond the borders of Georgia.
But, apparently, not across international borders. That would be too much to ask for.
SOME SERIOUS SHIT: If you don't think Ralphie Boy is running with a rough crowd, well, his good buddy Jack appears to be in a whole heap of trouble. And I'll just bet all of Wankerville's finest are going to find something else to blog about.