Tom DeLay Indicted

AP,, and Roll Call are reporting that Majority Leader Tom DeLay has been indicted in Texas on criminal conspiracy charges tied to his use of illegal corporate funds in Texas state elections.

Personally, Bull Moose wants Tom DeLay and the ethics mess to exit stage right and go away… Our conservative agenda is more important than one ethically challenged individual…


  1. Bill Simon says:

    It appears to me that God DOES have plans for dealing with arrogant, loud-mouthed, holier-than-thou politicans like DeLay.

    Myself, I just can’t wait for Ralphie-Poo to get what’s coming to him for his extensive history of holier-than-thou hypocrisy.

  2. kspencer says:

    I expect to see Delay’s attorney file for dismissal of the indictment on some grounds related to Earle’s persecutorial conduct (yes, that’s the right spelling). I suspect it won’t fly, but admit my bias. At that point Delay has two basic options: Do something to get this out of the public eye before approximately April of next year (a plea or something), or fight it to the end with a who-knows-how-good chance of winning the case. The former benefits the party by removing that particular posterboy – if it’s gone from the public eye more than six months it’s impact will be subliminal at best. The latter gives him a decent chance of staying out of prison and at least a shot at keeping or regaining his seat. Note that this means the choice is between party and self for Delay. Given his past performance, I expect the Democrats will be able to use Delay as part of the “Republicans are corrupt” positioning.

    Note that I’m absolutely not going to say Democrats are not corrupt. It’s just that since they’re not the party in power they’re less so than the GOP these days. Lack of opportunity, not desire.

  3. Bull Moose says:

    Okay, I can’t help it… last week a White House Aide was arrested for his involvement with Jack Abramoff, this week DeLay goes down, the waters are swirling, who is next?

    My guess… Ralph Reed and Grover Norquist…

    You can only be a hypocrite so long before it catches up with you… It’s just kind of unfortunate that these guys have some people believing that they are for real…

    It takes a lot to see through the smoke screens and realize that they’re nothing more than opportunists…

    Be done with them all… DC and politics will be better without people like Tom DeLay, Jack Abramoff, Ralph Reed, and Grover Norquist…

  4. Romegaguy says:

    “Incredibly, he actually blamed Kenneth Starr for his troubles. He
    might have well said that the devil made him do it. Ken Starr was simply doing his job. He was appointed by the attorney general to look into allegations of wrongdoing in this administration. And we look forward to seeing his report. But this isn’t about Ken Starr. This is about a president who lacks the character to tell the American people the truth. And it is not just in this instance. It is the pattern of conduct that has stretched from this scandal to many of the other scandals that have bedeviled this administration. . . . The president should resign for the good of the country.”
    — Tom DeLay, Aug. 18, 1998

    ” This morning, in an act of blatant political partisanship, a rogue
    district attorney in Travis County, Texas, named Ronnie Earle charged me with one count of criminal conspiracy, a reckless charge wholly unsupported by the facts. This is one of the weakest, most baseless indictments in American history. It’s a sham, and Mr. Earle knows it. It’s a charge that cannot hold up even under the most glancing scrutiny. This act is the product of a coordinated, premeditated campaign of political retribution,
    the all-too-predictable result of a vengeful investigation led by a
    partisan fanatic.
    — DeLay, Sept. 28, 2005

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