Tom DeLay: Reality Check
Salon.com News The indictment of Tom DeLay
"History shows that where ethics and economics come in conflict, victory is always with economics. Vested interests have never been known to have willingly divested themselves unless there was sufficient force to compel them." B. R. Ambedkar, founder of the Indian Constitution
Okay, I admit it, when I read the news about the DeLay indictment for conspiracy to violate state election laws I did a little mental happy dance. Yes! Thank you! It's about damn time!
Stuck with an administration and a Congress where so many powerful Republicans get away with so much corruption, it's time Our Side had a win. I know, I know, it's an indictment, not a conviction. But it's the tip of a deep, ugly iceberg -- which just hit the USS DeLay with a resounding crunch.
The denials and slams are coming as thick and fast as the betrayals did. From DeLay:
"I have done nothing wrong. ... I am innocent,"From DeLay spokesman Kevin Madden:
The prosecutor is a "partisan fanatic."
This is "one of the weakest and most baseless indictments in American history."
"If the Democrats think we're going to go crawl in a hole and not accomplish our agenda, I wish they could have been a fly on the wall [of today's secret Republican leadership meeting]."
"They could not get Tom DeLay at the polls. They could not get Mr. DeLay on the House floor. Now they're trying to get him into the courtroom. This is not going to detract from the Republican agenda."From House Speaker Dennis Hastert,
"He will fight this and we give him our utmost support."And from Bush press secretary Scott McClellan, a somewhat more tempered response:
"Congressman DeLay is a good ally, a leader who we have worked closely with to get things done for the American people. I think the president's view is that we need to let the legal process work."Of course they want to let the legal process work -- The Republican Way. Which means circling the wagons, shredding the documents, passing quickie rules and regs ... and the time-honored strategy of Deny, Ignore, Obfuscate, Hinder and Impede. Sounds like the quintessential Republican law firm.
Think I'm wrong? Consider last November--after a grand jury indicted three DeLay associates--when House Republican loyalists repealed a rule requiring any of their leaders to step down if indicted. Rightly concerned such blatant pandering to Power would cause a huge outcry from voters, the rule was reinstated in January.
Thank god for small favors. We the People might have more power than we think.
It's certain Tom DeLay has power. And he's abused it shamefully for far too long. DeLay is a hack. He's sleazy and easy and dirty and dangerous. He hides behind Christian Values while brazenly sullying a host of them.
And we're not nearly as stupid as DeLay and other right Wingnuts seem to believe. Christine Mick of Sugar Land, Texas voted for DeLay last year. Yesterday she said,
"I think they've got to make an example of somebody. You're representing the law of the country. You need to abide by it and you should be punished the same way everybody else is. There's still lots we don't know but I'm sure he's done something wrong."The media and the blogosphere are having a field day with the DeLay indictment. And why not? He's been in our faces with his pious pronouncements and denouncements for so long, it's a pure pleasure to see him on the ropes. Here's one of my favorites, from Unconfirmed Sources.
And the Democratic Party, much to my surprise and applause, has shown no delay in pouncing on DeLay. They've gotten it all together quickly and completely ... all the facts, figures, places and faces. This back story is especially enlightening Jack and George's Bogus Adventure.
Better review your checkbook, Dr. Frist. You could be next.
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