Monday, October 03, 2005

DeLay Keeps Spinning That Charges Against Him Are Partisan, But Grand Jury Foreman Disagrees

In his latest attempt to spin criminal conspiracy charges, Tom DeLay (R-TX) told Fox News Sunday that the charge against him was trumped up by Texas Democrats, led by Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle.

If you're keeping score, DeLay has now blamed the charge against him on Earle being partisan (Earle was also called a "nut" by a Fox News judicial analyst), on Texas Democrats in general, and on an editorial in an Austin newspaper.

Why lash out with spin, spin, spin? Even if he is convicted, DeLay wants to win in the court of public opinion -- or at least the party faithful watching Fox News. They're the ones who will decide whether the GOP maintains control of Congress in 2006 and the presidency in 2008.

Spinning the charges into a partisan fight clouds the issue -- the question of partisanship shares the news stage with the actual case against him. Even if DeLay loses his battle with Earle, the party faithful are more likely to buy the claim that DeLay was a victim of a witch hunt, and continue voting Republican.

And as for the truth?

William Gibson, foreman of the Travis County grand jury that indicted DeLay, said in an interview Sunday that partisan politics played no part in the panel's deliberations and that Earle didn't try to influence its thinking.

"We were presented with enough evidence for an indictment to be issued," said Gibson, who declined to elaborate.

Gibson, a Democrat, said the 12-member grand jury was composed of "a mixture of Republicans, Democrats and independents who were not hand picked." Nine votes were needed to indict, and he said "the vote wasn't even close."

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DeLay is charged with one count of criminal conspiracy in an alleged scheme to launder corporate donations through the Republican National Committee for distribution to seven Republican candidates for the Texas Legislature. Texas law prohibits corporate donations to state political candidates or their campaigns.

If convicted, DeLay could face up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

11 Comments:

Anonymous AuntiBush said...

Here's Hoping he Get's Hammered!

Sick of the corruption ruining out country.

10:56 AM  
Anonymous dogday said...

He will keep blaming the Democrats as he is sitting in his cell. People like him just can't admit they have made a mistake even when it slaps them in the face....

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Toots said...

Maybe Delay will become a convicted felon and not able to vote.

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Douglas Morrison said...

This is what occupies Liberals' time? Junk that the average American barely understands and has no interest in learning better. No one gives a rat's ass about Delay. Meanwhile, there is entire race of Muslim extremist hell-bent on destroying our way of life - and they'll Slit the Liberal throat just as fast as they'll slit the conservative. Wake up and Know your enemy: It's Hitler in a Head-scarf not Tom Delay. United we stand, divided we fall.

11:26 AM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

Douglas, you make a valid point about terrorists. We should know our enemy.

So of course, you'll be voting Democrat going forward, right? Because Al Qaeda continues to attack the West on a regular basis -- in Bali just a couple of days ago -- while the U.S. is caught in the Iraqi quagmire.

Right, Douglas? The "Hitler in a head scarf" you are referring to is Osama Bin Laden, who is still at large, in spite of Bush's claim that we'd bring him to justice. What did Condi Rice say a couple of weeks ago? That catching Osama would bring "closure" for the 9/11 families? Bush says he doesn't spend a lot of time thinking about OBL -- except during the presidential campaign, when he flip-flopped and said he did.

Bush spins that we're fighting them in Iraq instead of here -- but our actions led to the Iraqi insurgency, and our failure to talk tough to the Saudis means that Saudis are crossing the border in droves to back the insurgency -- the "foreign fighters" Bush euphemizes about.

But Al Qaeda isn't limited to Iraq, in spite of the Bush spin. They've attacked London, Madrid, Bali (twice), Egypt, Istanbul, Riyadh, etc. We're not stopping them, we're not containing them, Douglas.

And is America safer, as Bush preaches over and over? I don't think so, Douglas. Our ports aren't safer. Our trains aren't safer. Our airports aren't safer? DHS is spending money like a drunken sailor, but the DHS inspector general says a good chunk of that money has been wasted on bloated contracts to Bush's corporate friends, and on products -- like screening equipment -- that is outdated before it's put into use. How about chemical plants and nuclear plants? Bush says it's up to the corporations to protect themselves. When a mushroom cloud is created by Al Qaeda, make sure you remember that, Douglas.

The GOP isn't interested in the Democrats' spending plan for homeland security. They've rejected Democrats' calls (supported by some independent Republicans) to protect ports, airports, trains, chemical and nuclear plants, etc., on at least three occasions. They've rejected machinery to screen airplane cargo as too costly, even after a pilot program at Logan International Airport proved successful and not costly.

Hope you remember all of that, Douglas, the next time you step into a voting booth.

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think a few people find the DeLay story important -- like the entire Republican leadership.

12:00 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

I have to agree with Douglas: America, and the entire world, should be united against terrorism right now. And I don't mean "Operation Iron Fist" in an oil-rich muslim country that had nothing to do with 9/11. I mean effective international cooperation, major leaps in infiltration and counter-intelligence operations, and smart use of limited military lives and tax dollars.

Can anyone seriously think the current leadership has done even an adequate job in any of these areas?

And anyway what does any of that have to do with Delay deciding to commit a felony in order to subvert democracy in Texas?

Douglas, if you want to put the focus back where it belongs then get rid of the ineffective leadership of the current administration.

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Andrew Donaldson said...

Ronnie Earle has prosecuted 12 Democratic officeholders and only 3 Democrats. On the charges that Earle is a partisan, to use a Texas-ism, "That dog won't hunt."

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Andrew Donaldson said...

Oops. I meant 12 Democrats and 3 Republicans. His other notorious case was trying to get Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, who as state Treasurer, used state employees as full time Senatorial campaign staff. The reason Earle was unable to convict her is a judge said Earle wasn't allowed to call the employees as witnesses...which made the case impossible to prove. But she WAS guilty.

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Doug, just because you can't walk and chew gum at the same time - or assume that your conservative representatives can't - doesn't mean it isn't possible. Your false dichotemy approach to minimizing the DeLay mess - and make no mistake, it's a huge, stinking mess - is more pathetic and desperate than the partisan witch hunt strategy adopted by DeLay and his minions.

Keep up the lousy work, Doug. Your side can't bleed disillusionment fast enough.

4:59 PM  
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8:44 PM  

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