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DeLay calls it a day
Posted by: McQ on Monday, April 03, 2006

It appears that Tom DeLay has looked out upon the Texas political landscape and decided that it isn't arranged in a way in which he can win reelection:
Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), a primary architect of the House Republican majority who became one of the most powerful and feared leaders in Washington, told House allies tonight that he will resign from the House rather than face a reelection fight that appears increasingly unwinnable.

The decision came just three days after his former deputy chief of staff, Tony C. Rudy, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and corruption charges, telling federal prosecutors of a criminal enterprise being run out of DeLay's leadership offices. Rudy's plea agreement did not implicate DeLay in any illegal activities, but by placing the influence-buying efforts of disgraced Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff directly in DeLay's operation, the former aide may have made an already difficult reelection bid all but out of reach.
So, whether a single charge brought by the Ronnie Earle is ever proven, it appears the political career of Tom DeLay has come to the end desired by his political enemies.

More interesting is the fact that he may have been his own worst enemy when he directed the redistricting effort in Texas. He gave up some Republican strongholds in his district to see Republicans elected in other adjoining districts. One has to assume that he felt he was strong enough in the weakened district to hold his own.

That may have been true without the scandals that have since erupted. Now, it appears, the support he counted on in his district no longer exists. The Kossaks and DUers will most certainly be celebrating far into the morning on this one.

When you get to the big leagues, you better not only be ready to play hardball politics, but to win.

UPDATE: [Jon Henke]

McQ writes that the "Kossaks and DUers will most certainly be celebrating", but they won't be alone. I'm celebrating this one, too. It's always worth celebrating when another bad politician slides back down the greasy pole.

Between the corruption, the money-centric approach to politics, the K Street project and his role in getting out the GOP vote for the big government bills of the past few years, DeLay personified the problems with the Republican Party. Resigning from office will be the most worthwhile accomplishment of DeLay's career. Good riddance.

I should note, however, that it's very, very clear that this development is not due to declining popularity in his home district, or the risk that he won't be re-elected. If DeLay was seriously worried about his re-election prospects, he might decide not to run. But DeLay isn't simply choosing not to run — DeLay is resigning. One doesn't resign from office unless there's something very serious on the horizon. And bear in mind, another Tom DeLay aide "pleaded guilty to conspiracy [and] agreed to cooperate in a widening investigation into lobbying fraud and influence-peddling" just last week.

Tony Rudy has agreed to cooperate, so look for DeLay's legal troubles to get much worse, very quickly. Seems at least one charge levied against DeLay is going to stick and stick hard.
 
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It appears that Tom DeLay has looked out upon the Texas political landscape and decided that it isn’t arranged in a way in which he can win reelection:
Yes, as a Republican, he must have felt very vunerable in his district. He must have realized that his distrct had gone blue, and that he did not stand a chance against a liberal. After all, it is Texas. And Texas is inhospitable country for conservative Republicans.

You must get some good indoor sh** down there in Georgia.
So, whether a single charge brought by the Ronnie Earle is ever proven, it appears the political career of Tom DeLay has come to the end desired by his political enemies.
Are you actually connected with internet? If you think that he resigned because of the case currently pending in Travis County, you really are getting some good sh**.

Rudy to Buckham to Delay. Do you notice how I didn’t mention Earle or Texas or Travis County? Why are you shilling for a criminal? Why do you simply refuse to acknowledge reality? Seriously. Is there something wrong with you?

Oh, and yes, political enemies cause one to commit crimes. There are studies that prove this assertion. I agree with you. Just like you conservatives always say, the offender is not the cause of his offensive behavior.
More interesting is the fact that he may have been his own worst enemy when he directed the redistricting effort in Texas. He gave up some Republican strongholds in his district to see Republicans elected in other adjoining districts. One has to assume that he felt he was strong enough in the weakened district to hold his own.
So it was Delay’s sacrifical efforts at redistricting - his selfless motivation - that did him in? Sure - no one - at least no one deserving of respect- thought that he was meaningfully vunerable at the polls, notwithstanding his redistritcing efforts.
Rep. Tom Reynolds, R-N.Y., the head of the National Republican Congressional Committee, dismissed the indictment as the work of an "unapologetic Democrat partisan" _ Earle _ and said, "Democrats resent Tom DeLay because he routinely defeats them both politically and legislatively."

Madden later added: "They could not get Tom DeLay at the polls. They could not get Mr. DeLay on the House floor. Now they’re trying to get him into the courtroom. This is not going to detract from the Republican agenda."
If the head of the RNC says Delay would not have lost his re-election bid, then why did he quit?

Your response?
Now, it appears, the support he counted on in his district no longer exists.
So who is correct - you, or the head of the RNC?

Head in sand. Head in sand.




 
Written By: mkultra
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Are you actually connected with internet? If you think that he resigned because of the case currently pending in Travis County, you really are getting some good sh**.
Reading comprehension: try it some time.

I’m saying the indictments are irrelevant, MK. He’s gone anyway. And I explain that in the context of redistricting below the line about Ronnie Earl.

Sheesh.
 
Written By: McQ
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Finally, in the update you got it completely right. The real story will come out before long.

The G-Men are edging ever closer to the Hammer.
 
Written By: Pug
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So, whether a single charge brought by the Ronnie Earle is ever proven, it appears the political career of Tom DeLay has come to the end desired by his political enemies.
Car, explosion, people killed….
Well done.

The Kossaks and DUers will most certainly be celebrating far into the morning on this one.
And one would hope you too would at least raise a glass to the abatement of Tom DeLay.

Or is it just the crazy, loony lefties that would celebrate the demise of such a strong political force for the Right? God know reasonable people shouldn’t look down upon DeLay, huh? After all, these piddling charges are just fabrications made up by the likes of George Soros and other crazed lefties.
DeLay succeeded in sending five more Republicans to Congress. But his tactics created two problems. First, Texas has very strict laws forbidding the use of money raised from corporations in state races, and TRMPAC raised a lot of corporate money. Second, it made for one very shady deal. On Sept. 20, 2002, the director of TRMPAC sent $190,000, including money raised by corporations, to the Republican National State Elections Committee. Exactly two weeks later, that committee sent exactly $190,000 to state candidates favored by TRMPAC. Each transaction, taken alone, appears legal. Bundled together, they look like an effort to funnel corporate money into a race from which it was banned.
House ethics rules prevent members from taking trips abroad funded by lobbyists or by "foreign agents," groups or individuals registered to do political work for foreign organizations or governments. DeLay, however, has reportedly taken at least three such trips.
Before the House Ethics Committee was waylaid, it admonished Tom DeLay on three different fronts last year. The first was for appearing to offer a bribe to fellow Republican Rep. Nick Smith to win his support for the closely contested Medicare reform bill. The second was for soliciting donations from a company called Westar Energy just as the House considered a bill of crucial import to the company. The third was for using a federal agency, the Federal Aviation Administration, to track down Democratic members of the Texas Legislature who were fleeing the state to block a vote regarding redistricting.
And let’s not forget this beauty,
In the late 1990s, DeLay visited Saipan, the main island of the CNMI, on Jack Abramoff’s dime. Though it was a clear violation of House ethics rules, it’s probably the least troubling aspect of this story.
Saipan’s labor policies are abhorrent, with sweatshops, child labor, forced teenage prostitution, and forced abortions. The island, however, has been a lucrative commercial center for clothing manufacturers that create "Made in the USA" products there because CNMI is considered a U.S. territory.

This is a triple whammy for the beleaguered and corrupt Majority Leader. One, DeLay’s trip was financed by Abramoff; two, DeLay saw egregious human rights violations and couldn’t care less; and three, DeLay lied about it.
One doesn’t here too much traffic regarding the denial of these charges, though. The real reason the Right loves DeLay is that he gets Republicans elected.
When you get to the big leagues, you better not only be ready to play hardball politics, but to win.
And that’s all that counts, isn’t it?

(move over Dukester’, there’s room for one more in the “no big deal, just another corrupt politician” cupboard.)
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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Oh, there’s an update.

Good.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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For the record, the update is mine.
 
Written By: Jon Henke
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Car, explosion, people killed….
Well done.
I’m not a journalist nor have I ever claimed to be, so what’s your point?
And one would hope you too would at least raise a glass to the abatement of Tom DeLay.
Yeah, I have no problem with it. I was simply passing on a few observations and opinions on a breaking story (note it was done quickly as the story emegerged last night). But Tom DeLay’s political future isn’t something I have much interest vested in.

You need to take a breath, Pogue.
 
Written By: McQ
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I don’t buy for a second that DeLay thought he couldn’t get re-elected in that district.

There’s more to this than meets the eye.

Either he and his family really have had enough with the bloodbath of electoral politics and he’s serious about the foster family advocacy; or he knows he’s soon to be indicted for something serious (for real this time; not Ronnie Earle’s manufactured bs that just will be thrown out anyway).
 
Written By: CalDevil
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I never liked Delay, but living in Austin I’ve never had the pleasure of voting against him. But quite frankly, the "wrongdoing" he’s been accused of has been underwhelming for me. I mean, what? Politicians are taking money from interest groups? Quelle horreur (yawn).

What most frightens me about this whole thing is how the Democratic Insinuation Machine™ will undoubtedly take this as a vindication of their strategies and will use that additional juice to obliterate future candidates and politicians they don’t like. It’s to the point now that any time a political opponent pops up on the national radar, it takes about five minutes, literally, for the amateur opposition researchers on DU and Kos to get going, openly plotting the smear campaign, and of course any suggestion in the comments that the target be engaged in good faith on any of their positions results in the commenter being instantaneously banned from the site.

I have no problem watching what’s left of the left drown to death on it’s own bad faith, but I always find it upsetting watching them drag down others with them. I’m naive in that way I guess.

yours/
peter.
 
Written By: Peter Jackson
URL: http://www.liberalcapitalist.com
Perhaps this is part of a deal. If he resigns, pleads guilty to one count, and provides evidence on some of his "esteemed colleagues" perhaps they will let him spend a year at "Club Fed" rather than Gitmo like he deserves


Certainly he has no scruples that would stop him.
 
Written By: cindyb
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DeLay is resigning. One doesn’t resign from office unless there’s something very serious on the horizon. And bear in mind, another Tom DeLay aide "pleaded guilty to conspiracy [and] agreed to cooperate in a widening investigation into lobbying fraud and influence-peddling" just last week.
Nice example of insinuation without a single fact to support it. If you actually read Tony Rudy’s plea, it doesn’t implicate DeLay in any way. It mentions "Representative #2" (who is apparently DeLay) only in the context of Rudy’s employment before he committed illegal acts and his contact of a former colleague after he had become a lobbyist.

Neither of Abramoff’s plea agreements implicate DeLay. He pled guilty to defrauding his clients and tax evasion which have nothing to do with DeLay. The only allegation reagarding the bribery of a public offical involves Bob Ney. Bob Novak has reported that "Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff has advised friends that he has no derogatory information about former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and is not implicating him as part of his plea bargain with federal prosecutors.” Maybe Novak is wrong, but there isn’t anything in these plea agreements that would suggest otherwise.

That leaves the golfing trip to Scotland. Again, the allegations of wrongdoing don’t include a single fact that implicates DeLay. The trip was properly disclosed, but there was an alleged quid pro quo between two gambling concerns and the National Center for Policy Analysis. There isn’t a single fact that even remotely shows DeLay had any knowledge of the way the National Policy Center financed the trip. The Washington Post reported that “Stanley Brand, a former Democratic counsel to the House and an ethics specialist, said arrangements in which funds are passed through an intermediary to pay for a lawmaker’s travels breach ethics rules if the lawmaker who benefited ’knew or should have known’ the origin of funds.”

Notice, that instead of any actual facts showing that DeLay did anything wrong, the only thing he did was associate himself with Jack Abramoff. You’ll notice that every one of the pleas by his former "associates" and the golf trip that violated neither ethics rules nor the law, involve Abramoff. If DeLay is such a scumbag, why isn’t there a single allegation (let alone facts) of wrongdoing that doesn’t involve Abramoff? He screwed up by associating with Abramoff, but that isn’t a crime. Your outrage at one congressman consorting with political donors and lobbyists is too selective to be credible.

To gauge the sincerity of idiots like PogueMahone and MKUltra why don’t we go back through all the criminals, communists and shadowy foreign billionaires that Bill and Hillary Clinton associated with? Liberals squealed like stuck pigs when anyone had the audacity to criticize the Clintons for that, and there was a mountain of evidence showing that they actually were guilty of committing multiple crimes.

Were the DeLay haters such principaled supporters of clean government when Loral Space gave $800,000 to the DNC in exchange for a national security waiver to launch their satellites with the Chinese? Were they incensed about Schumer’s staff’s criminal theft of a conservative candidate’s private information? How about Nancy Pelosi’s PAC being fined for funneling $100,000 of illegal campaign contributions to candidates in 2002?
Those crimes acually happened as opposed to insinuation.

This is more important than many people want to acknowledge because liberals got away with it when they falsely accused Newt Gingrich of ethical and legal violations. Like DeLay, they couldn’t beat him at the ballot box so they ginned up false ethics charges against him to damage him politically. Newt never recovered from those accusations even though he was completely exonerated. Democrats have used a sleazy incompetent prosecutor in Texas and the criminal wrongdoing of Abramoff and his colleagues to drive DeLay out of politics. DeLay was a target because he had the cojones to stand up to the Democrats’ hijacking of the Texas re-districting process. Jon, mindlessly repeating the liberal mantra doesn’t make you sound objective, it just makes you sound stupid.
 
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