As is the case with just about everything Morton Blackwell writes or says, his piece today on the homepage about Abramoff is not to be missed.
The most important thing about it, in my view, is that Morton points out something that no one else really has — that Jack was highly regarded around here as a “good guy” for a very long time. The fact that there were shady dealings going on underneath the surface was clearly known to only a very few. Indeed, most of us viewed Jack as an activist success story — a religious and charitable man who remained so even after attaining stunning success in business. I do not know him well. But I can say that in the few times I was around him, I was mightily impressed by him — for the reasons I just outlined.
Clearly there was another side to Jack, and that is indeed a tragedy and a disappointment. On the heels of his downfall, many (mainly in the media) are having a grand time trying to indict anyone who was ever seen or photographed with the guy — including the president! Ridiculous — but typical, I suppose…
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