A DeLay blog....I know you’ve heard
me rant about Tom DeLay for the past nine years. I suspect
you are tired of it. But with the recent events, I just
can’t help myself. I won’t say “I told you so.” At least not
When Tom DeLay called a press conference
Saturday afternoon, I thought it was a non-story. After all,
he was announcing that he was not going to continue to fight
for a job (majority leader) that he couldn’t have anyway
(because of Republican rules). So what’s the big deal?
But the way the press covered it, you
would have thought he was resigning from the House.
Actually, DeLay called the press
conference because twenty-five of his peers had already
signed a petition asking him to give up his quest to be
reinstated as majority leader. He was simply trying to get
ahead of the story.
He wasn’t giving up his quest for the
stated purpose of concentrating on representing his
district; he was giving up because he was an embarrassment
to the Republican party and the other representatives were
just about to call him on it.
I guess it was a big deal because it
shows there are some cracks in the facade.
The Abramoff connection...DeLay has
close ties to lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who plead guilty to to
federal conspiracy, tax evasion and mail fraud charges and
admitted conspiring to defraud Indian tribes, which he
sometimes directed to make contributions to lawmakers. This
guilty plea was with the proviso that he drop a dime on some
other congress-people. Supposedly, he has agreed to tell the
Feds about alleged bribes to as many as 20 members of
Congress and their aides.
It has every Washington politician
scrambling to give back the money they received from
Abramoff, both Democrats and Republicans alike.
Although many other politicians took
contributions, trips, and spouse salaries from Abramoff, the
only problem is most of Abramoff’s running buddies started
out as Tom DeLay’s aides.
DeLay has changed the climate of politics
in Washington and Austin....Whether the federal
prosecutors eventually find a quid pro quo of influence
peddling among the congress-people, Tom DeLay’s days as a
power broker are over. And since DeLay is almost
single-handedly responsible for the climate of extreme
partisanship that exists in Washington today, it’s about
Not content to spread his radical
partisanship in Washington, DeLay came to Austin with
redistricting two years ago, about the time the state
legislature started doing absolutely nothing, and brought
that special brand of partisanship to Austin. The state
legislature has done nothing since.
He is the poster boy of the Republican’s
political-corporate-lobbying complex has co-opted the
idealistic wing of the Republican Party.
I have a theory that Carole Keeton
Strayhorn is running as an Independent because she is
ashamed of the Republican party as it exists in Austin
We deserve better.....Fort Bend
County and the rest of Tom Delay’s district needs and
deserves full-time representation. With his current legal
trouble, and more on the horizon, he will not be able to
give his full attention to representing our district.
Also, because he is tainted, his power
base has eroded and he will find it difficult to get the
support he needs from other congressmen in order to further
his and Fort Bend’s agenda.
Former resident Begala’s take on it......Although
he is a liberal Democrat, Paul Begala, who has been quoted
as saying that all he learned about politics he learned over
a nail keg at Court’s Hardware, went to junior high and high
school at Dulles. He is a well-known television commentator
and author of many books. In a blog he wrote the other day,
he references a recent CNN-USA Today/Gallup poll that says
that 52 percent of the residents of Tom DeLay’s district has
an unfavorable opinion of him and just 37 percent view him
Begala asks “Who are the 37 percent?” He
says they are not fundamentalists because he is Catholic and
he went to vacation bible school with his fundamentalists
friends in Fort Bend and he never heard a preacher say it
was okay to help gambling lobbyists or support cigarette
companies, or help rum-makers - all things Congressman DeLay
He doubts that it is veterans because
they wouldn’t think kindly of a congressman who said he
didn’t serve because all those lucky minorities took all the
good slots in Vietnam.
Begala says that his guess is that folks
are looking for a conservative, not a crook.
I’ve often wondered why seemingly
intelligent people have continued to support Tom even in the
face of all of the bad publicity.
I have a theory. I think it’s because he
is the only celebrity they know. If he is no longer in
power, they would know no one on the national stage.