Sunday, January 08, 2006

Gunga Dean

Howard "Gunga" Dean kicked Wolf Blitzer's sorry spinning butt all over the CNN lot.

The transcript is below, but check out the video from Crooks & Liars. Blitzer's deep sigh at the end is just priceless.

And I am going to email Howard Dean and the Democratic Party and thank them. These damned pundits canNOT be allowed to just repeat the spin and lies that the Republicans feed them without being challenged corrected. Publicly. ENOUGH of that crap.

BLITZER: Should Democrats who took money from Jack Abramoff, who has now pleaded guilty to bribery charges, among other charges, a Republican lobbyist in Washington, should the Democrat who took money from him give that money to charity or give it back?

DEAN: There are no Democrats who took money from Jack Abramoff, not one, not one single Democrat. Every person named in this scandal is a Republican. Every person under investigation is a Republican. Every person indicted is a Republican. This is a Republican finance scandal. There is no evidence that Jack Abramoff ever gave any Democrat any money. And we've looked through all of those FEC reports to make sure that's true.

BLITZER: But through various Abramoff-related organizations and outfits, a bunch of Democrats did take money that presumably originated with Jack Abramoff.

DEAN: That's not true either. There's no evidence for that either. There is no evidence...

BLITZER: What about Senator Byron Dorgan?

DEAN: Senator Byron Dorgan and some others took money from Indian tribes. They're not agents of Jack Abramoff. There's no evidence that I've seen that Jack Abramoff directed any contributions to Democrats. I know the Republican National Committee would like to get the Democrats involved in this. They're scared. They should be scared. They haven't told the truth. They have misled the American people. And now it appears they're stealing from Indian tribes. The Democrats are not involved in this.

BLITZER: [deep sigh] Unfortunately Mr. Chairman, we got to leave it right there.

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