Yes--maybe even hero.
Former Representative Ney (R-OH) was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison today for taking bribes from Jack Abramoff and from Syrian-born Cypriot businessman businessman Fouad al-Zayat, and for lying about it all.
Ney expressed his remorse, shame and personal responsibility--or rather, tried to sound remorseful, ashamed, and responsible... But consider the subterfuge in his statement, in which he referred to his drinking habit:
"I will continue to take full responsibility, accept the consequences and battle the demons of addiction that are within me."
He could have just said "continue to battle addiction." By sneaking those "demons" in there, however, he created outside beings--agents of Satan, no doubt--who are really repsonsible for the whole affair. Ney is battling demons. Maybe even the Big D Himself. He's battling bad guys. Ergo...he's a good guy, really. Just another innocent victim.
Today's AP story reminds us of White House spokesman Tony Snow's statement at the time of Ney's guilty plea: Ney's criminal activity "is not a reflection of the Republican Party." Tsk tsk....So defensive. Who said it was a reflection of the Republican Party? Besides me and everyone else across the land who knows anything at all about anything whatsoever?
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