TOM DELAY UPDATE….Nearly all of Tom DeLay’s much reported ethical troubles have been tied in one way or another to DC super lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who is himself in considerable trouble with the authorities these days. So it’s worth passing along Michael Isikoff’s latest scuttlebutt:

“Everybody is lying,” Abramoff told a former colleague….”Those S.O.B.s,” Abramoff said last week about DeLay and his staffers, according to his luncheon companion. “DeLay knew everything. He knew all the details.”

This probably says more about me than it does about anything else, but I find myself obsessively curious about the meta-context here. Did Abramoff tell his friend this in hopes it would be passed along? Or did the friend pass it along to Isikoff without Abramoff’s knowledge? That hardly makes sense, does it? Abramoff reads Newsweek and would know instantly which one of his pals ratted him out.

So: a shot across the bow? A none-too-subtle message to DeLay to help him out or else expect a kneecapping? Or nothing more than a source deciding that sucking up to Isikoff was more important than continuing his friendship with a guy who’s going down anyway?

Of course, there’s also the Power Line version: Isikoff actually talked to a Democratic mole who just made up his conversation with Abramoff. It’s another forgery, folks!