Finally a little bit of justice for the most overtly corrupt politician of my lifetime - and I was born when Eisenhower was in the White House. The very idea of watching a disgusting little parasite like Tom Delay being marched off to prison in one of those orange jumpsuits is a dream come true. He pissed on our Constitution, cynically flaunted the law, and now he is going to pay the price. Oh, thank you, fate! This proved to make my Thanksgiving a little happier indeed!
When I posted a sampling of my glee on the Washington DC political page, I was chastised by a reader for my schadenfreude. I should be ashamed of myself, this person suggested, for my calumny - expressing joy at the downfall of another human being. I'm sorry but when a criminal is punished for his crimes, it tends to put me in a pretty good humor - sort of like when they finally caught the Unabomber. I'm kind of funny that way.
When he was first indicted in 2006, he smiled when his mug shot was taken because, as he told reporters, “I wanted people to see Christ in my face”. I won’t tell you who I saw - but it definitely wasn’t Jesus Christ. What has always enraged me about right-wing politicians like DeLay is their exploitation of the Prince of Peace in order to inflict on people the most un-Christian policies imaginable. Quoting Christ while advocating a tax cut for a class of people who have more money than they will ever be able to spend is beyond grotesque, it's sacrilegious. They love to quote the Ten Commandments, but for some strange reason they always steer clear of the Sermon on the Mount. Gee, I wonder why?
"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth."
Oh, right. That's why. Never mind.
It might take some time for old Tommy boy to be thrown in the slammer. He is sure to exhaust the appeals process to the limit and there's no saying that some sympathetic, half-witted judge somewhere might throw the entire case out. This will certainly happen if they can bring it before the Supremes. There is no doubt that the five reactionary jackanapes who voted in favor of Citizens United vs FEC last January will elect to spring the Hammer - as he was known in Washington back in the day. Technically at least, he is looking at a possible sentence of 100 years, which is not likely to happen - nor should it happen. As much as I detest the man, I do believe that a century in federal prison for violating election laws is just a wee bit extreme. I dunno, I guess I'm just an old bleeding heart, Liberal, soft-on-crime kinda guy. Four years will teach the hideous little thug a lesson or two.
The irony of it all is the fact that the Supreme Court case of which I spoke earlier made the crime DeLay was convicted of committing perfectly legal, which is another reason to think that it might be overturned on appeal. Some brilliant legal "scholar" will decide that Citizens United vs FEC should be retroactive....Oh, shit! Let's just admit it. There are two sets of rules: One for them and one for us. He'll walk before he serves a day. How do I know that? Because my luck never gets that good. George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are the worst (though hardly the only) war criminals in American history. Today they live in comfortable retirement.