The sputtering fuse under what remains of Bush’s administration isn’t the warmongering Scooter Libby, who will surely keep his mouth shut in return for the inevitable pardon. It’s an old Bush family tradtition, you’ll recall, with George Herbert Walker Bush pardoning all the Irangate criminals who could have testified against him.
No, Bush’s real threat comes from Jack Abramoff, the loathsome Republican fixer who, we now learn, tried to sell an audience with Dubya to the president of Gabon for $9 million. Abramoff would peddle his first-born son to child pornographers if the price was right — for instance avoiding a long jail term.
Here’s Abramoff, letting President Omar Bongo know that he wasn’t hiring some syphilitic five-dollar skank off the street corner. No, sir. Mrs. Abramoff’s little boy was top of the line pussy, and don’t try to kiss him on the lips, either:
Mr. Abramoff said he was willing to travel to Gabon to meet with [President] Bongo to discuss the contract if the government would arrange for a private plane.
“It must be on the basis by which I travel anywhere, being in a private aircraft, which bears a substantial cost unfortunately,” he said. “I am confident that we will have a long, productive and warm relationship, but good relationships are built on firm understandings at the outset.”