We now know something we've long suspected. Briber extraordinaire, Jack Abramoff, spent a fair amount of time with Karl Rove.
The report finds 450 contacts with White House officials, including nine with the president's chief political adviser, Karl Rove.
(And this doesn't include the times Rove met Abramoff on a street somewhere, as James Moore has reported Rove did.)
I'd like to connect that news with another of yesterday's big stories, the news that the Police Academy Parsons built in Iraq has shit raining from the ceiling.
The Baghdad Police College, hailed as crucial to U.S. efforts to prepare Iraqis to take control of the country's security, was so poorly constructed that feces and urine rained from the ceilings in student barracks. Floors heaved inches off the ground and cracked apart. Water dripped so profusely in one room that it was dubbed "the rain forest."
They're related, you see, because Parsons also had extraordinary access to Karl Rove.
When Parsons signed this contract in 2004, its lobbyist was a woman named Karen Johnson. And in addition to being the business partner of Dick Cheney's hunting buddy, Katharine Armstrong, Karen Johnson is known to be close to Karl Rove. So close, in fact, that it is rumored they're lovers.
At one point, Karen Johnson was not entirely forthcoming about her ties to the White House. When she first filled out her lobbying disclosure forms for 2004, the year in which she helped Parsons get a contract to build a shit shower instead of a police academy, Johnson forgot that she had been, um, lobbying the White House.
But then somehow she remembered that hanging out with Karl Rove all the time might be construed as influence-peddling. So she amended her lobbyist disclosure, admitting she was hanging out at the White House.
Oh yeah. The White House! That's where my buddy Karl works!
I expect Karl will be getting a lot of questions today about who lobbied him and what they got for the lobbying. I suggest some enterprising reporter branch out beyond the Abramoff disclosure. Is Karl Rove responsible for getting Parsons this contract? Is this Karl Rove's shit storm, raining down on the Iraqi police recruits? Because it sure looks like it might be.