Jack Abramoff has lived several lives: powerful Washington lobbyist, seducer of politicians, swindler of Indian tribes, federal prison inmate, pizza-flipper in Baltimore. And now we are about to be introduced to Abramoff the author!
“The name Jack Abramoff is synonymous with Washington scandal,” the conservative website WorldNetDaily tells us. No argument there.
“But the fascinating facts of his case are either largely unknown or wildly misunderstood,” WND goes on, by way of introducing Abramoff’s book, “Capitol Punishment,” to be published by WND on Nov. 1. “His memoir will serve as a corrective – an engrossing, informative work of political nonfiction that is also a gripping real-life thriller.”
A corrective? “The biggest surprise twist comes in the form of Abramoff himself,” WND continues, describing the fledgling author as “a smart, funny, charming, clear-eyed narrator who confounds every expectation of the media’s villainous portrait.”
The “media’s villainous portrait”? We thought Abramoff portrayed himself as a villain, when he pleaded guilty in 2006 to conspiracy, fraud and tax evasion and (to his credit) expressed remorse for his deeds.
And WND goes on to clarify the author’s dealings with the Indians: “Abramoff represented Indian tribes whose lucrative casinos were constantly under threat from proposed changes in law; though he charged the tribes many millions, he saved them billions by ensuring votes to support the livelihoods of their reservations.”
All right, a little revisionist history never hurt anybody. And anyone who’s ever seen the inside of a prison, from maximum-security fortresses to minimum-security “country clubs,” has to feel some compassion for people who have served time. But it shouldn’t be forgotten that, even as Abramoff reinvents himself, there are those who continue to endure financial and personal ruin because they were associated with him, as we reported recently.
The WND website doesn’t mention if any book parties are scheduled.