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March 26, 2005

The Passion of the Hammer

By Jim Dallas

The Times resports that Tom DeLay is quietly trying to retreat from Schiav-o-rama.

After being rebuked three times by the House ethics committee last year, Mr. DeLay has been linked to an investigation into campaign finance irregularities in Texas and to potential violations of House travel rules. But he has angrily rejected suggestions that he seized on the Schiavo case to create distraction from those troubles, and aides say his involvement grew out of strongly held beliefs.

"Congressman DeLay certainly wasn't guided by polls," said his spokesman, Dan Allen.

"He saw something that needed to be done and worked with other leaders to make sure we accomplished it in the most expedited fashion possible," Mr. Allen said of the quickly enacted law that sent the case into the federal courts.

Republican strategists say they expect no political repercussions from the episode.

"I am not sure it raised his name ID," said Carl M. Forti, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee. "A month from now, people are not going to remember," he said, and 20 months from now, in the 2006 elections, "it will be irrelevant."

Good to know you can always sweep it under the rug.

Posted by Jim Dallas at March 26, 2005 01:29 AM | TrackBack


He's probably hiding since papers like in San Diego and Salt Lake (not know for general liberalism) think it's time he left the stage.


Frist is also noticeably silent. Maybe he is watching videos sent him by people wondering if they have prostate cancer.

Posted by: Steve Talbert at March 26, 2005 01:23 PM

"He saw something that needed to be done and worked with other leaders to make sure we accomplished it in the most expedited fashion possible," Mr. Allen said of the quickly enacted law that sent the case into the federal courts.

What in the devil did they accomplish? All I can see they got done was rile up people. If they wanted to do something to help stop this, they could have. This is very cruel to me. They gave people false hope. He could sure see the rules were changed to save his ass. I did not think I could dislike him more, but I do.

Posted by: Nancy at March 26, 2005 05:23 PM

you need to check out kos - he has an article up via LA Times about DeLay's father. You just won't believe it!

Posted by: Nancy at March 26, 2005 10:37 PM

I put up a link to the article on my blog, about Tom Delay and his father.

The gist being that he had to make the same decision about his father, that Michael Schiavo had to make about his wife.

Posted by: David (Austin Tx) at March 26, 2005 11:17 PM

I believe it. My take on DeLay is what he complains about the most is actually a personal demon - he is very Baptist that way. That's why I don't think he's bi, just because he doesn't rail so much against gays as for straight marriage. That tells me his marriage sucks. Now, Santorum and alot of the religious spokespeople seem to talk alot about homosexuality.

Posted by: Steve Talbert at March 27, 2005 11:33 AM

In another day and another time. Tom DeLay would have been sent packing in a New York minute for all the crap he's pulled with the people of Texas and the Congress - and would already have been indicted for his crimes. Instead he's just the poster child of how really corrupt our government has become. I don't just blaim the shamelessly greedy neo-cons. I also blaim the Democrats for toading to the above and not going for the throat on every ill-thought issue.

J. Hoftijzer

Posted by: JOANNA HOFTIJZER at March 28, 2005 03:55 PM
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