November 24, 2010
Puttin’ The Hammer Down

Here’s something to give thanks for: Tom DeLay has been convicted, and is facing at least a few years in prison.

Judge Pat Priest has wide discretion in sentencing the former majority leader, who was known as “The Hammer” for his no-holds-barred style during 20 years in the House of Representatives. Mr. Delay could be sentenced from 2 years to 20 years in prison for the conspiracy count, and from 5 years to 99 years, or life in prison, for the money-laundering count.

Nineteen hours of deliberations led the Texas jury to convict on two counts.

The verdict was the latest chapter in a long legal battle that forced Mr. DeLay to step down. The trial also opened a window on the world of campaign financing in Washington, as jurors heard testimony about large contributions flowing to Mr. DeLay from corporations seeking to influence him and junkets to posh resorts where the congressman would rub shoulders with lobbyists in return for donations.

Ideology, it’s said, is often a cover for self-interest, and a good enough cover that even the self can be fooled. I think DeLay probably combines sufficient ambition and insufficient introspection to believe that he’s a good Christian with the interests of America at heart. Even when he’s laundering money.


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Posted by Chuck Dupree at November 24, 2010 07:02 PM
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In this era and atmosphere of virtually routine U.S. taxpayer-bailout of Wall Street and banking corporations' slime-greed failures, with taxpayer-funding endorsing continued top annual "bonus for performance" payment--often in the $millions per year each for so many individuals exhibiting "failed" executive performance and ethics, it seems, in comparison, a mite unfair to sentence Delay to anything more than probation. My guess is, "to keep [business] oversight in perspective" the Texas judge will choose [or be personally compensated for] probation on the Delay sentencing. On the other hand, one might argue that Delay's behavior--"if unchecked"--potentially risks further exposing the facade of "democratic processes" in a way that the Executive-Congressional-Supreme Court-Industrial-Corporate complex would never condone !

Posted by: Hoffman on November 25, 2010 7:29 AM

Yes, Hoffman, because "deterrence" is only for the rabble.

We wouldn't want Mr. Delay to be unfairly punished for something that all the kids are doing.

Posted by: karen marie on November 25, 2010 9:56 AM
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