Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Now It’s a Scandal

The one element that’s been missing from all the GOP lobbying and insider trading and money laundering is the one thing that — at least to Republicans — makes it all a scandal.


Yeah, that’s the one thing the Republicans have never been up for. But according to the War Room, that might change.

Deep in the San Diego Union-Tribune’s coverage of lobbyist Brent Wilkes, who is “Co-Conspirator No. 1” in the criminal case that brought down Republican Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, the Hotline uncovers this nugget: Wilkes is said to have run a “hospitality suite with several bedrooms” in Washington, first at the Watergate and then at a hotel on Capitol Hill.

A hospitality suite with several bedrooms? Why might a lobbyist or his friends in Congress need such a thing? Or, as the Hotline puts it a little less subtly, “Who uses those bedrooms and for what?”

I’m sure it’s all a big misunderstanding: when the lobbyist offered his clients a hummer, they thought they were talking about an SUV, and what Republican can turn down one of those?