"Nice tries" finish last

Josh Marshall is collecting "nice tries", lame attempts by journalists to portray the Republican corruption scandals as a bipartisan problem. Consensual reality buffs will recall that the public corruption in this administration is overwhelmingly Republican: Abramoff/Reed/Scanlon/Norquist, DeLay, Frist, Cunningham...

Josh writes:


Yet, Republican media types have been leaning hard yesterday and today on reporters to push the bipartisan corruption line, even though the simple facts of the case simply give no basis for it whatsoever.

It's actually close to laughable.

The simple truth is that Democrats in Washington today just aren't in a position to be corrupt on any serious scale for a simple reason: public corruption is almost always about selling power. Got no power and you've just got nothing to sell. Any idiot can understand that.
The mainstream media will be tempted to follow the lead of the right wing operatives and try to impose a bipartisan storyline on the Republican corruption scandals.

So, Josh is inviting readers to submit their best examples of these "nice tries." TPM will publish the top 10 submissions.

Hat tip to Digby.

[Talking Points Memo, Hullabaloo]

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