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'The Most Corrupt Politician'

Tuesday, 29 May 2001 12:00 AM

The race is whether or not New Jersey Senator Robert Torricelli will be indicted, removed from office and replaced with a Republican.

Torricelli has been called "the most corrupt politician in America" by FBI agents investigating charges that he took illegal gifts from a businessman seeking favors.

The senator is the subject of almost daily leaks from "sources close to the investigation." This deliberate strategy is aimed at making public life untenable for Torricelli.

Over the weekend a United States senator told me, "The word inside the Republican cloakroom is that Torricelli is plea bargaining. He'll give up his seat in return for not being prosecuted."

If so, the acting governor of New Jersey – a Republican – would make an appointment to fill out the remaining two years of Torricelli’s term. New Jersey has a gubernatorial election this November. James McGreevey, the Democrat, is only slightly ahead at the moment and the race is expected to be close.

Now, here is the question: Will Torricelli try to stall and delay his plea bargain talks long enough to try to have his seat filled by McGreevey and thus keep the Senate in Democrat hands? Or will he just look out for his own skin by making the best deal for himself regardless of who appoints his replacement?

Lest anyone think politics is involved in the actual investigation of Torricelli, the case was begun by the Janet Reno/Bill Clinton Justice Department – and is now being run by Mary Jo White, the Clinton-appointed U.S. Attorney for New York's Eastern District. (She is also handling the Marc Rich pardon case involving the Clintons.)

Many astute political observers believe this is why Torricelli seemed to pull the plug on Al Gore during the Florida recount. He

But apparently the Justice Department and the FBI have too much invested in the case to drop it. They believe Torricelli is guilty of corruption, as evidenced by the "most corrupt politician in America" statement made to the New York Post.

Many NewsMax readers have e-mailed me since the Jim Jeffords switch and said, in effect, "Good riddance to him! It's not Bush's fault he became a Benedict Arnold. He votes with Ted Kennedy, let him go be with Kennedy!"

The problem with that line of thinking is this: Yes, on

We have already over the weekend seen the result of

Controlling the mechanics is tantamount to controlling the debate and thus the results of the debate.

This is

For the first time since 1953 the GOP controlled the White House, the House and the Senate. What a golden opportunity to change the country!

And yet in a mere five months we gave up the Senate. What a shame!

Yes, the White House has tried to pawn the blame off on Jeffords. They – and their surrogates – have demonized Jeffords as an egotist who might want to run for governor of Vermont.

A senator with a big ego and other ambitions?

How shocking!

The U.S. Senate is a collection of huge egos – all of whom see themselves as president!

The job of a president is to be, among other things, the leader of his political party. In this case, with only 50 GOP senators, it was incumbent upon the White House to keep all 50 happy – at least until Torricelli goes down.

Now the Bush agenda is partly in Tom Daschle's hands.

Unless and until "the most corrupt politician in America" is driven from office.

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