A huge win, it's also just a hit on the pause button. Here's some context and ideas about paths forward.
September 29, 2005
Tom DeLay indicted.
It’s got a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
I’m deLighted and eLayted.
As Molly Ivins once said of the Reagan Administration, so it may soon be said of the Bush Administration: “Half of it is under average, and the other half is under indictment.”
Actually, DeLay qualifies in both categories.
And if there’s another category for rattlesnake mean, he’s there, too.
But God didn’t give Bush the sense to distance himself even when this guy got trapped and startled to rattle.
DeLay “is a good ally, a leader who we have worked closely with to get things done for the American people,” said Bush’s spokesman Scott McClellan.
Yes, Bush has worked closely with him but not for the American people but to further the crony capitalism that so mars this Administration.
To pass the bankruptcy bill. To pass the energy bill. To pass the FTAA. And to give one tax break after another to the top 1 percent of Americans.
The indictment of Delay spells out his alleged involvement in a criminal conspiracy to violate the Texas campaign finance law by soliciting a “prohibited political contribution by a corporation.” It states that one of DeLay’s cohorts, John Colyandro, solicited a total of$190,000 from six companies (including Sears and Bacardi). These companies gave this money to DeLay’s Texans for a Republican Majority PAC. This group then sent a check for $190,000 over to the Republican National State Elections Committee (the indictment reproduces a copy of that check). And then another of DeLay’s cohorts, James Ellis, instructed the Republican committee to distribute monies to seven candidates for the Texas House of Representatives.
Colyandro and Ellis were indicted together with DeLay on the conspiracy charge.
DeLay denounces the indictment as the tool of a “political fanatic.”
But that description best describes himself.
A man who so often has viewed himself as above the law now must wrestle with it to try to save his name, which has been selling quite low for some time.
The crony and the crooked are beginning to crumble.