Thursday, April 14, 2005

Delay Under Fire

The downward spiral of House Leader Tom Delay continues with Rep. Chris Shays (R-CT) calling for the embattled Republican to resign from his leadership post, and former House Speaker and head Right-Wing nut-emeritus Newt Gingrich calling for Delay to clarify his recent inflammatory rhetoric against judges to the American people. He also recently received a similar sugar-coated wrist slap from Sen. Rick Santorum, and has been distanced from Pres. Bush and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. Yet despite all this, Delay still asserts that he's the victim here. As Gingrich said, Delay seems to be blaming some "Left Wing conspiracy" for his troubles. It's the Democrats and the media who are out to get him, Delay says. Perhaps it's more a result of the illegal fundraising and conflict-of-interest allegations, Tom? Ya know, the ones for which you've been admonished three times by the bi-partisan House Ethics Committee. Isn't it funny how some politicians refuse to take any ownership over their legal and/or ethical indiscretions. The always-honorable Rev. Al Sharpton, for example, currently being investigated for misuse of campaign funds, blames it on racism; says he's being targeted because he's Black. I guess that makes Tom Delay Black too. Well, not really. He's just a slimy Republican. But he has a scapegoat too in us liberals. So what's to become of Delay? Will the mounting scrutiny and pressure on him increase? Will his fellow slimers in the House and Senate desert him at some point like they did Trent Lott? Not just yet. But a few more embarrassing situations/comments from Delay might just do the trick. Andy

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