September 28, 2005

DeLay Indicted

DeLay indicted in campaign finance probe

A Texas grand jury on Wednesday charged Rep. Tom DeLay and two political associates with conspiracy in a campaign finance scheme, forcing the House majority leader to temporarily relinquish his post.

Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Remember this story back during the Terry Schiavo mess?

Condolences quickly gave way to anger and accusations, with the top Republican in the House of Representatives warning judges at both the state and federal level they will have to answer for their actions.

“The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior,” said Tom DeLay, the Republican leader who moved the Florida case to the federal arena.

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DeLay’s threat to judges was greeted with shock in many quarters. Massachusetts Democrat Edward Kennedy branded it “irresponsible and reprehensible. At a time when emotions are running high, Mr. DeLay needs to make clear that he is not advocating violence against anyone,” he said.In Houston, his home district, DeLay said Congress “for many years has shirked its responsibility to hold the judiciary accountable. No longer.

“We will look at an arrogant, out of control, unaccountable judiciary that thumbed their nose at the Congress and president when given jurisdiction to hear this case anew and look at all the facts … The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior, but not today.”

DeLay’s comments are important on two fronts — an epic struggle over anticipated Supreme Court vacancies is expected to mark the second Bush term, with Democrats threatening to try to block overtly conservative nominees. But that will be played out in the Senate, not in DeLay’s domain in the House of Representatives.

His remarks also ignored the fact that many of the judges who ignored Bush and the Republican-led Congress were Republican appointees.
Posted by James at September 28, 2005 1:59 PM
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Yay!

Frist is also in trouble for something of a financial nature.

Remember, this is the party that preaches fiscal responsibility. Go figure.

Posted by: Julie at September 28, 2005 2:20 PM

Well, I bet these probes will find they were responsible for plenty of stuff.

See how I turned it around there? The word "responsible?" Like, when you used it you meant "acting with responsibility" but when I used it I meant "to blame." It's subtle wordplay like that that makes this weblog so goddamn funny.

Posted by: James at September 28, 2005 2:37 PM

So, here we are again, looking at a self-described "Christian" who is caught doing something un-Christian.

Is lying still a sin in Christianity?

What a tool. I'm not surprised at all.

Here he is speaking to children who were displaced by hurricaine Katrina--children who lost everything. Ready?

"In a recent tour of the Houston Astrodome, Mr. DeLay was overheard asking homeless children if their stay wasn't a bit like summer camp. A joking Mr. DeLay reportedly asked the bewildered children, 'Now tell me the truth, boys, is this kind of fun?'"

(Source: Republicans' policy of 'pork before people' takes a terrible toll, http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bal-op.pork22sep22,1,2990747.story?ctrack=1&cset=true)

I guess some lives are more precious than others--I refer to, of course, the once-brain-dead and now, mercifully, dead and buried Terry Schiavo, whom he "championed."

In response to his protestations that he is innocent, I would use the words of his esteemed vice president, words I will not type here, words that the Vice President of the United States should not have uttered. God, man, have some class.

Methinks The Hammer has just hit his own thumb.

Posted by: Patti M. at September 28, 2005 4:33 PM

I know it's just an indictment, there hasn't been a conviction, and I'm sure we'll be getting the "brilliant talented Hammer" and "compassionate conservative" and "mighty leader" stuff for the next few whenever until another giant squid shows up or a Disney worker has a baby during the Parade of Stars or the Red Sox do something or Brownie steps in another one.
But untill then, I am clapping. And laughing. And waiting. For the impeachment proceedings.

Posted by: ThirdMate at September 28, 2005 4:54 PM

Cook up the popcorn and shake up the cocktails! I'm ready for televised hearings!

Posted by: Patti M. at September 28, 2005 4:59 PM

Smack that BoSoF pinata!!

Posted by: Julie at September 28, 2005 5:04 PM

One could make the argument that The Hammer is infact a BoSoF.

Hmm...we could have a party featuring a hammer-shaped pinata...

Posted by: Patti M. at September 28, 2005 5:07 PM

Actually, his cronies are sticking by him right now, but I expect to see some distancing, which would prove my theory that he is for some right now, and for others he will soon be, a BoSoF.

Are we all awaiting the "he's doing a heck of a job" speech (which is akin to Don Corleone giving you the kiss of death)?

Posted by: Patti M. at September 28, 2005 5:10 PM

Already happened:

"Congressman DeLay is a good ally, a leader who we have worked closely with to get things done for the American people," McClellan said. "I think the president's view is that we need to let the legal process work."
Posted by: James at September 28, 2005 5:33 PM

Remember, this is the party that preaches fiscal responsibility.

Republicans, at least the ones in high office, are apparently fiscally responsible until there's nothing left.

Posted by: Chuck S. at September 28, 2005 5:40 PM

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