Josh at Talking Points Memo posts a statement from a reader and asks for thoughts.
Here are mine:
TPM Reader LH basically argues that the Abscam stings on members of Congress suffered from their own success. In other words, the political will to continue them waned after they became effective tools to take out members of Congress, and the political establishment feared the result.
I question the parallels between Abscam and Abramoff. Abscam involved the DOJ setting up bribe "opportunities" for members of Congress. It's a sad commentary on the quality of people our political system attracts (they're taught from Day One to look for money wherever they can get it). The Abramoff scandals are not surfacing due to sting operations (unless we're all being duped). They involve real lobbyists with real clients trying to buy off members of Congress with campaign contributions, overseas travel, free meals, entertainment, etc. The political appetite to shut down an "proactive" sting operation can wane -- but that's not what we have here. What we have here are people breaking the law, not being set up to break the law.