In a stunning coincidence*, there seems to be a certain correlation between the contributions of the Virginian Moran Boys:
More than a dozen defense contractors with business before U.S. Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.), a member of the powerful House Appropriations defense subcommittee, have donated thousands of dollars to Moran's younger brother Brian, a candidate for governor of Virginia.
Brian Moran filed a campaign finance report this week that shows he collected $80,000 during the first three months of 2009 from 18 contractors that have been longtime backers of the congressman. Seven of the firms are awaiting approval of Moran-backed earmarks totaling $14.5 million.
The claim, of course, is that there's all sorts of separation between Rep. Jim Moran and Brian Moran - the fact that one is a powerful defense pork appropriator has no connection whatsoever to the generous contributions made to the other. And the fact that the one is finding his campaign contributions drying up in the wake of the PMA raid and closure should not in any way, shape, or form be seen as an indication that any sort of money flow is attempting to find another channel. It'd be silly to think otherwise.
Any Democrats reading this should stop scowling: the previous exercise was for their benefit, after all. I do not need to delude myself into ignoring the rather self-evident fact that Rep. James Moran is a rampaging conspiracy theorist who checks each night to see whether AIPAC is hiding under the bed; or that he's a corrupt suckweasel who uses his position to blatantly trade campaign contributions for concessions on defense projects that most members of the Democratic base don't even like. Do you have a "It will be a great day when schools have all the money they need and the pentagon has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber" bumper-sticker on your car**? Well, if you are, I just wanted to explain what the existence and power of Jim Moran says about your long-term voting strategy:
You're doing it wrong.
*Or even "What an unbelievable coincidence." Forget the phone book; Muppets would do a better job running Congress than would the people we're letting run things now.
Well, not we. We're just stuck having to deal with them.
**By the way, if you really want the first half: try breaking the teachers' unions first and seeing whether that works - unless, of course, you stood up and cheered when said unions managed to get all of those minority kids' scholarships revoked. It's just not your year, is it?
Crossposted to Moe Lane.