September 28, 2005

Delay indicted

"DeLay Says He Is Innocent of Charges" is the ABC News headline. Well, duh. What do you think he'd say?

A Texas grand jury on Wednesday charged Rep. Tom DeLay and two political associates with conspiracy in a campaign finance scheme, forcing the House majority leader to temporarily relinquish his post. A defiant DeLay insisted he was innocent and called the prosecutor a "partisan fanatic."

Does all this sound familiar?

Speaking of which, on my local WDEL talk radio station this afternoon, snide lefty co-host Gerry Fulcher berated [conservative] partner Rick Jensen for saying that Bill Clinton was impeached. "He was NOT impeached," Fulcher insisted. Ger, Ger, Ger -- for a talk show host to not understand basic civics! C'mon! Clinton was indeed impeached. He wasn't convicted.

Semi-update: Just got back from taking the daughter to dance class. Had Hannity on the radio. He actually said "When Democrats can't win elections, they indict Republicans." Geez, didn't Democrats say exactly the same thing about Bill Clinton's impeachment? (Yes, Gerry, impeachment.) Elsewhere, the "Great One," Mark Levin, thinks the case against Delay is "outrageous."

Stephen Spruiell, a con who doesn't like Delay, says "this indictment is totally phony."

Another semi-update: Brit Hume on Fox just noted that the dude bringing the indictment against Delay (Travis County DA Ronnie Earle, a Democrat) once had Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson brought up on assault charges! He was laughed out of court on that, BTW.

Posted by Hube at September 28, 2005 04:10 PM | TrackBack

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Earle could not be elected to any public office in any other Texas county -- but since this one includes the People's Republic of Austin (the official state refuge for socialists, anarchists, and other politically confused individuals), he wins handily despite being an embarassment.

Through a flaw that needs to be addressed some day, public corruption cases usch as this one get handled through his office, not the state AG's office. Thus, you have one prosecutor, not answerable to most of the voters of the state, going off after those he dislikes politically by engaging in political investigations and bringing flimsy indictments.

Essentially, this indictment accuses DeLay of agreeing to exploit a perceived loophole in campaign finance laws, one that he believed to be legally available according to his lawyers.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at September 28, 2005 05:36 PM

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