The tome-like report of a high-level commission that goes unread and quickly winds up gathering dust in the archives is a Washington, D.C., cliche. That was not the fate of the 9/11 commission’s report; it quickly became a bestseller. Unfortunately, the commission’s recommendations have not had a similarly successful fate.
Just days after the 2004 election, two Midwest politicians who seem as publicly diverse in politics and persona as any two of the breed can be exchanged private messages that violated the shrill principles of partisan name-calling and political negativity that have made Washington what it is today.
Sen. Conrad Burns and his staff met Jack Abramoff’s lobbying team on at least eight occasions and collected $12,000 in donations around the time that the lawmaker took legislative action favorable to Abramoff’s clients in the Northern Mariana Islands, records show.