"It's an extraordinary thing. I've obviously come out and taken some positions that some people in this town are not as thrilled about and I'm saying some things that probably a few people aren't happy about, but it is what it is," Abramoff said.
"I'm no longer part of what I used to be. I know certain things -- I did certain things -- that my presence in some of these discussions can be helpful. And as a consequence, some folks who used to be friends are kind of scared and some folks who where incredible enemies of mine and really went after me are cheering me."
Abramoff says he knows K Street isn't going to greet him with open arms, but he's at least hoping to get a conversation going about reform.
"I guess even I and Michael Moore can agree on certain things and hope that there'll be some changes or at least some discussion about some of the things that are in the book," Abramoff said, adding he was trying to show people that he doesn't "have a tail and horns."
Introducing Abramoff, Daily Caller Editor-In-Chief Carlson said he was hosting the party because he thinks he's a generally nice guy and because Carlson doesn't trust anyone who hasn't been humiliated in public.
"And I say that as someone who's been on Dancing with the Stars," Carlson joked.
"But more than that, I say that as someone who's philosophically committed to the truth that unless you fail -- and I don't mean in a minor I-didn't-live-up-to-my-personal-expectations kind of way -- but in a real way, where your neighbors avert their gaze when you pull into your driveway at night, when people think you're a loser, if you haven't had that experience, then you really don't know yourself really well, you don't know your limits, you don't know what you're capable of and more importantly, you don't know what you're not capable of," Carlson said.
"I want to honor that, especially in a city that is given to quick and phony judgements about other people, the underlying point being 'I'm better than him.' I raise the middle finger to those people, and I raise a glass to Jack Abramoff and I'm proud to do so," Carlson said.
Jack is back.
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