Reid accepts boxing tickets -- desperate GOP rejoices

For the suspicious removal of a line in the AP story on this episode go HERE.

In an era where the word "corruption" is linked to "Republican" as readily as "Limbaugh" goes with "Oxycontin," it's no wonder that the right-wing gets positively giddy over the idea of any Democrat getting caught with his or her hand in the cookie jar. So the far-right bloggers and a mainstream media eager to gin up the Washington corruption epidemic to make it look less like a one-sided, GOP affair, are thrilled with the non-story about Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) accepting free tickets to some Las Vegas boxing matches.

They've been all over this like Fox News devouring a White House or Republican National Committee (RNC) press release.

It seems that Reid, who is a former Nevada state gaming commissioner and was once a fighter himself, accepted tickets to three professional boxing matches from Nevada officials. The GOP would have us believe, that these guys were hoping that Reid would -- for the price of a few ducats -- turn against his long-held commitment to establishing federal oversight of boxing.

Reid accepted the seats from the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) for fights in Las Vegas between 2003 and 2005 when, at the same time, he was advocating legislation to undermine the authority and fight-approval process of that same body.

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