So Tom, The Hammer, er make that Tom, "The Ham Sandwich,"
DeLay has now been re-indicted on a pair of money laundering charges – enough to put him behind bars for the
rest of his life.
I mean that is what we’re now going to hear from the blindest of the Bushies, isn’t it? That any D.A. can get a grand jury to indict even a ham sandwich. No doubt. Except in this case we’re talking about a live piggy, not its smoked and canned little rump.
These, of course, are the charges that DeLay’s case merit. From the documents already made public we can see that’s exactly what Mister Dee-Lay was doing – laundering corporate money illegally into state legislative campaigns.
Now the fun really begins. Not just watching The Ham Sandwich get basted. But also watching to just what depths of partisan denial so many Republicans will now stoop. Not that the GOP has any monopoly on this sort of hypocrisy. Democrats are just as adept; millions of them spent the last two years of the Clinton administration rationalizing away Big Bill’s sleaze. That the Chief Executive of the United States lied under oath as a defendant in a sexual harassment case and conspired to suborn perjury was (and is still is blithely reduced) to “getting a blow job.” Right.
Enough about Clinton. Back to DeLay. Time for you Republicans and conservatives to show us that you are every bit as craven as the Clintonistas. Just like them you will first check your voter registration card before deciding what is right and what is wrong. For the Democrats, it was all about Ken Starr and not about Clinton’s total lack of character and honesty. For the Republicans, it will now be all about Democrat D.A. Ronnie Earle and his vendetta against poor Tommy. Right.
It’s worth, I think, recalling the political atmosphere before September 11th – if that’s possible. I first started covering the Bush campaign in the Summer of 1999 when Dubya blew a bundle to win the non-binding beauty contest known as the Iowa Republican Straw Poll.
He was contending with Buchanan, Forbes and Keyes on his right. McCain to his left and contesting the Republican center with Lamar and Liddy. Bush had a moderate pitch back then. Moderate in scope and in tone. He was all about being simple, uncomplicated. About pulling back from the military interventionism of the Clinton era (Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo) and not enmeshing the U.S. in hopeless “nation-building.”
What Bush did push, what were his biggest applause lines, was his vow to “restore honor, dignity, and integrity to the White House.” He’d say those words, jutting his jaw a tad, and the Republican crowds would go wild. The coding here was hardly subtle; the immediate subtext was if I come to power, I’m not going to change things radically but I’m gonna get rid of the stench of Clinton and all those corrupt Democrats.
Indeed, re-reading the history of the 2000 campaign, Bush’s vow to be Mr. Clean is probably the key issue that defeated Al Gore.
Looks like GW fibbed on both accounts. The changes have been radical. And if Republicans want to celebrate that, I suppose that’s fair. But let’s be honest about the second half of the old Bush formula. The cronyism and corruption of this crew has begun to stink to high heaven. Not just the no-bid sweetheart contracting. Not just the fiasco provoked by such incompetents as “Brownie.” But throw in the SEC investigation of Dr. Frist. And the triple indictment of The Ham Sandwich. I could go on, but it would take all night to list all the hogs trying to squeeze under the gate.
How many honest Republicans, with genuine integrity, will now step forward to shun these stinkers? Or is it just about partisanship?
P.S. Omigod, I must be dreaming. Just found out that over at the offshore betting site bodog.com you can wager real cash money on whether or not DeLay gets convicted. Is this a great world or not? You can make money and watch the Ham Sandwich get sliced? By the way: DeLay's ultimate conviction was already paying 6 to 5 before today's new indictments. By this time tommorrow he's gonna be a favorite. Get your bets in quick. Non va plus!