Last Wednesday, before leaving for our Thanksgiving break, I said: “You know, I never wish ill of anyone – but I can’t wait to see Tom Delay in an orange jump suit.”
Imagine my holiday glee when, late Wednesday afternoon, the news broke that Delay had been convicted by a Texas jury of laundering campaign funds.
Hallelujah! It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.
It’s not only satisfying to see such an ugly, self-righteous, political thug finally get his just desserts. It’s important in this case – because he was so clearly guilty.
Remember the facts: Delay not only wanted to establish permanent Republican rule in Washington. He was determined to build long-time Republican rule in Texas, too. And he broke the law in order to do so.
Texas law prohibits legislative candidates from receiving corporate campaign contributions. To get around the law, Delay gave the Republican National Committee $190,000 in corporate lobbyist money – plus a list of Texas legislators who should get campaign contributions.
And, lo and behold, each of the Republican candidates got a check from Washington – duly directed and laundered by Tom Delay.
The hammer has finally come down on Tom Delay. Now maybe he can give dancing lessons in federal prison.
That’s’ my parting shot for today.