From DC Media Girl: Think of Rome as you’re contemplating the fate of Tom DeLay and his recklessness and hubris, and how his lack of self-control has led him to today’s fall from grace.I was out tonight among rightwing true believers, and not surprisingly the spin is going at full speed: The prosecutor is partisan, this indictment is the result of jury shopping, the prosecutor is partisan, the Kay Bailey Huthison case was thrown out of court, and oh by the way, the prosecutor is partisan.
I heard this too. Should the fact that the prosecutor has convicted far more Democrats than Republicans make a difference here?
But judging from his Fox news appearance, ever-feisty DeLay won't just lay down and die. From Just inside the Beltway, after a witty comparison of the DeLay appearance on Fox with a Monty Python skit, JS adds:
But how "fair and balanced" is it to give DeLay 20 minutes of airtime with no one but kissass Hannity lobbing the questions? I'm all for letting the Hammer have some time to get his side of the story out to the public, but this was a bit much. Let's see if Fox gives Ronnie Earle 20 minutes with Colmes without a rebuttal from Hannity. Not likely.
Nashville Truth, as is his wont, surprises us by taking the moral highground: While I do not believe that Congressman Delay has violated any law, I do believe that he has behaved in an unethical manner and that he exemplifies everything that is wrong with the current American system of politics. I do not like Political Action Committees. I understand that PAC's and special interest groups are a part of our system that may not ever go away, but I do not like them. I especially do not like Congressmen or Senators running their own PAC's that happen to employ their wife and/or children. To me, paying my wife with money that I am not allowed to touch is just a clever way of stealing. I realize that Tom Delay is not the only elected official who does this sort of thing, but it does not matter.
Bravo. There's really a weeks worth of blogging in this excerpt. We should all sack all of this pack of insiders regardless of party affiliation. Why can't we just have normal people represent us? Who votes for these politicians making all their secret deals over games of golf and expensive champagne. Let's fire the whole bunch, and I don't care what political party they belong to.Unfortunately, much of the conservative chatter has consisted of inconsistent partisan banter like that found on Part-time Pundit's site: That’s not to say that he’s innocent, but it is to say that the Democrat’s plan to power is not to beat Republicans at the polls, it’s to invent charges against them. Call it the Rush Limbaugh treatment.
This doesn't make sense. If "he's not innocent," the charges weren't "invented." Lacking any logical lodestar to guide us, we're left to read between the lines. I assume John is saying that all these politicians smell of corruption anyway, so we should just plug our noses and get on with our lives. My rejoinder would be that if they're all corrupt, hopefully they'll all indict each other so we can replace them with better people. We hire these people to represent the citizenry, right? I'm not too happy to hear that companies are paying money for political favors and that these payments are being hidden from public view. I'll be very happy to watch DeLay get fried. Even plutocracies need to take a break once in a while.