Read this highly interesting account of the relationship between anti-tax, anti-government fanatic Grover Norquist and mobster-connected Republican bagman Jack Abramoff. It's a tangled story of shady lobbying and big money. Personally, I found this to be the most interesting passage:
Norquist has strongly defended his friend Abramoff and said that the lobbyist never asked him to do anything improper. In an interview with National Journal last year, after the Abramoff scandal broke, Norquist charged that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee, who has been leading the Senate inquiry into Abramoff's alleged lobbying abuses, "hates Bush and hates DeLay, and Jack is an ally and friend of both." A McCain spokesman pointed out that the senator has said he "hates corruption," not DeLay or Bush. Norquist, who opposed McCain and backed Bush vigorously in 2000, said in the interview that Abramoff would be "fine" in the end, calling him "hardworking, smart, and completely up-front." (Emphasis added)
Let's see where the Abramoff scandal leads, shall we?