Thursday, March 24, 2005

Were There Jews?

In a new article in Time magazine, we get a glimpse into Tom DeLay's head. Hoping to tap into the public outcry (among the religious portion of America, at least) at the removal of Terry Schiavo's feeding tube, he asked people to help support him amid the current ethical accusations directed at him.

"It is more than just Terri Schiavo. This is a critical issue for people in this position, and it is also a critical issue to fight that fight for life, whether it be euthanasia or abortion. I tell you, ladies and gentlemen, one thing God has brought to us is Terri Schiavo to elevate the visibility of what's going on in America. That Americans would be so barbaric as to pull a feeding tube out of a person that is lucid and starve them to death for two weeks. I mean, in America that's going to happen if we don't win this fight.

"And so it's bigger than any one of us, and we have to do everything that is in our power to save Terri Schiavo and anybody else that may be in this kind of position, and let me just finish with this:

"This is exactly the kind of issue that's going on in America, that attacks against the conservative moment, against me and against many others. The point is, the other side has figured out how to win and to defeat the conservative movement, and that is to go after people personally, charge them with frivolous charges, link up with all these do-gooder organizations funded by George Soros, and then get the national media on their side. That whole syndicate that they have going on right now is for one purpose and one purpose only, and that is to destroy the conservative movement. It is to destroy conservative leaders, and not just in elected office, but leading. I mean, Ed Feulner, of the Heritage Foundation today was under attack in the National Journal. This is a huge nationwide concerted effort to destroy everything we believe in. And you need to look at this, and what's going on and participate in fighting back. "

So, Mr. DeLay... were the Jews involved in this conspiracy? I'm mostly speechless. With accusation after accusation piling up against him, he's practically holding up a cross as if warding off undead. The question is... will anything come of the charges? Or will Mr. DeLay get them dismissed as partisan attacks?

Well, there's no denying that Tom DeLay has huge support among his own party. He's accomplished quite a lot in his time as House Majority Leader, establishing party lines as never before. With their help, he recently changed the rules of the ethics committee, the same ethics committee which has admonished him three times. With little chance of the ethics committee operating effectively, what could possibly bring him down? Thomas E. Mann, senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, says that :
"signs are emerging that both the number and nature of charges being raised against him could put him in serious political peril... While he is far from a nationally recognized figure, Republicans worry that all it takes is more national news coverage to change that, and there seems to be a new episode every week or two. We've seen throughout congressional history that a series of seemingly small ethical missteps can snowball."
National news coverage, do you say? Well, the Washington Post is providing that, with this article from which I got my quote, or this article which covers the charges in depth, or this NYTimes article. Hmm... expect to see more coverage when the Schiavo frenzy dies down and the media goes back to raking the muck.

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