When a Smoking Gun Isn't Smoking

Jonathan Garthwaite
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Posted: Jan 19, 2007 6:34 AM

Matt Margolis and Mark Noonan, of Blogs for Bush fame, join the Townhall.com editorial line-up with their first column on the so-called smoking gun photo that, according to the lefties, proves that Jack Abramoff was the man pulling the White House strings from behind the curtains. Not so fast folks.

The photo in question was taken during a campaign fundraiser in December 2003, and shows Abramoff and President Bush standing in front of a blue curtain and in between the American flag and the flag of the President of the United States. What CREW didn’t explain was that if you had helped raise $10,000 for President Bush’s reelection effort you probably have the exact same photo, the only differences being you’d be in the picture instead of Abramoff, the media wouldn’t be interested it, and CREW wouldn’t be claiming that the photo was proof you had a relationship with the President.

Matt and Mark have just finished writing their new book, Caucus of Corruption.