It's also about the values that guide a political party.
Bear in mind that Mehlman was helping Abramoff and his clients maintain the status quo on the Northern Mariana Islands. The mostly immigrant workers employed by clothing producers on those islands were:
- getting paid well below the U.S. minimum wage
- forced to work 12-hour days, and
- were living behind barbed wire in squalid conditions without indoor plumbing
Does the GOP have any sense of shame?
Aren't the facts of this matter (U.S. officials providing cover for sweatshop activities) enough, without the Abramoff link, to prompt Mehlman's resignation?
My answers are: Not really and No.
It's appalling that the Republican National Committee can say it supports efforts abroad to encourage democracy and other basic American values, when its chairman has protected sweatshop conditions abroad that we would never tolerate on our own shores.