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    In defense of Tom DeLay

    In defense of the embattled Tom DeLay
    Garrison Keillor
    http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/ci_3120438

    My Dear Mr. DeLay:

    I have been waiting two weeks for one Republican to leap to your defense and express outrage at a grand jury so callous as to indict a virtuous man, and nobody has. They've all been coy and cautious and whispering to the press that you are not their favorite guy in the whole world, so I am going to stand with you, sir, and cover your back. I don't like to see a man abandoned that way.

    When you're a Jet and the spit hits the fan, you've got brothers around. You're a family man. I am an old liberal and if we had a Hammer, we would support him in the morning, and in the evening, all over this land. You are the greatest political fund-raiser since William Marcy Tweed, sir, and that Texas grand jury is trying to referee a football game by the rules of badminton.

    Corporate money not used for political campaigns? The thought is preposterous on its face. Any schoolchild knows that politics is not about high-falutin' debates and policy papers; it is about putting the screws to the fat cats and squeezing them until they squeak and then hiring agents to level your hapless opponent with a barrage of rotten fruit and dead cats as you yourself stand above the fray, Bible in hand, your arm around some orphans, eyes upraised to Old Glory, your face nicely lit. And you win the race and go to work flogging your timid colleagues and raising truckloads of dough and building your war chest and scaring the bejeebers out of people. That's how it's done.

    This country was not built by nervous nellies and Sunday school teachers but by bold marauders, dodgers, Sooners, buffalo hunters, forty-niners - people who saw what they wanted and took it. You're one of them. Politics is about power. You grabbed hold of it and became King of the Republican Hill, a majority leader who knows that one can never have too much majority.

    I am disappointed by your attempts to beautify yourself. It's pitiful, sir, and demeaning to blow-dry your hair and try to project warmth through those drill-sergeant eyes and belt-sander voice. You're the man, sir, who redrew the map of Texas to squeeze more Republican congressmen out of it, and got Indian tribes to pay for you and yours to fly to Scotland first-class and play golf, and who paid his wife as a consultant, etc., etc., etc. Personal warmth was not what got you to the dance. The rest of us tiptoe through the tulips, fearful of giving offense, but you, sir, are one brass monkey.

    But politics is treacherous. Those Republicans who kiss your ring at prayer breakfasts and wave the flies away from your plate - if they should sense that you are a wounded elephant, they will throw you out the window without blinking. Count on it, Mr. Leader. Behind those bland faces are neural synapses making intricate calculations. Don't worry about the Democrats, they are harmless, shaking their pointy heads and waving their small, plump hands. It's your friends who will do you in. Look at Julius Caesar. Look at Richard Nixon.

    Mr. Nixon was done in by the ginks who forgot to burn the tapes, and so a great statesman suffered the ultimate humiliation of being quoted accurately when he was talking like a drunken bus driver about Jews and liberals. You, too, could be sandbagged by your pals, who may suddenly find it convenient to distance themselves from you as if you were not their daddy but just some stranger who came around every month and paid the bills and petted the dog.

    Your best strategy is to Instill Fear among the Flock. Yes, you've done certain things that don't look good to grand juries and Unitarian schoolmarms and amateur birdwatchers, but so have your Fellow Republicans. They have shoved old ladies down the stairs and feathered their own nests, and you know it, and they know that you know it, and now you need to demonstrate that you will not bend one iota, no mea culpas and don't weep for me Argentina. You did not have sex with that woman, and you intend to go on Hammering, and if they let you down, you will sing like a canary and take those clowns with you.

    Meanwhile, sir, I am at your side, your loyal pal and obedient servant.
    ---
    Garrison Keillor's ''A Prairie Home Companion'' can be heard Saturday nights on public radio stations across the country.

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    Re: In defense of Tom DeLay

    Quote Originally Posted by sojustask
    In defense of the embattled Tom DeLay
    Garrison Keillor
    http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/ci_3120438

    My Dear Mr. DeLay:

    I have been waiting two weeks for one Republican to leap to your defense and express outrage at a grand jury so callous as to indict a virtuous man, and nobody has. They've all been coy and cautious and whispering to the press that you are not their favorite guy in the whole world, so I am going to stand with you, sir, and cover your back. I don't like to see a man abandoned that way.

    When you're a Jet and the spit hits the fan, you've got brothers around. You're a family man. I am an old liberal and if we had a Hammer, we would support him in the morning, and in the evening, all over this land. You are the greatest political fund-raiser since William Marcy Tweed, sir, and that Texas grand jury is trying to referee a football game by the rules of badminton.

    Corporate money not used for political campaigns? The thought is preposterous on its face. Any schoolchild knows that politics is not about high-falutin' debates and policy papers; it is about putting the screws to the fat cats and squeezing them until they squeak and then hiring agents to level your hapless opponent with a barrage of rotten fruit and dead cats as you yourself stand above the fray, Bible in hand, your arm around some orphans, eyes upraised to Old Glory, your face nicely lit. And you win the race and go to work flogging your timid colleagues and raising truckloads of dough and building your war chest and scaring the bejeebers out of people. That's how it's done.

    This country was not built by nervous nellies and Sunday school teachers but by bold marauders, dodgers, Sooners, buffalo hunters, forty-niners - people who saw what they wanted and took it. You're one of them. Politics is about power. You grabbed hold of it and became King of the Republican Hill, a majority leader who knows that one can never have too much majority.

    I am disappointed by your attempts to beautify yourself. It's pitiful, sir, and demeaning to blow-dry your hair and try to project warmth through those drill-sergeant eyes and belt-sander voice. You're the man, sir, who redrew the map of Texas to squeeze more Republican congressmen out of it, and got Indian tribes to pay for you and yours to fly to Scotland first-class and play golf, and who paid his wife as a consultant, etc., etc., etc. Personal warmth was not what got you to the dance. The rest of us tiptoe through the tulips, fearful of giving offense, but you, sir, are one brass monkey.

    But politics is treacherous. Those Republicans who kiss your ring at prayer breakfasts and wave the flies away from your plate - if they should sense that you are a wounded elephant, they will throw you out the window without blinking. Count on it, Mr. Leader. Behind those bland faces are neural synapses making intricate calculations. Don't worry about the Democrats, they are harmless, shaking their pointy heads and waving their small, plump hands. It's your friends who will do you in. Look at Julius Caesar. Look at Richard Nixon.

    Mr. Nixon was done in by the ginks who forgot to burn the tapes, and so a great statesman suffered the ultimate humiliation of being quoted accurately when he was talking like a drunken bus driver about Jews and liberals. You, too, could be sandbagged by your pals, who may suddenly find it convenient to distance themselves from you as if you were not their daddy but just some stranger who came around every month and paid the bills and petted the dog.

    Your best strategy is to Instill Fear among the Flock. Yes, you've done certain things that don't look good to grand juries and Unitarian schoolmarms and amateur birdwatchers, but so have your Fellow Republicans. They have shoved old ladies down the stairs and feathered their own nests, and you know it, and they know that you know it, and now you need to demonstrate that you will not bend one iota, no mea culpas and don't weep for me Argentina. You did not have sex with that woman, and you intend to go on Hammering, and if they let you down, you will sing like a canary and take those clowns with you.

    Meanwhile, sir, I am at your side, your loyal pal and obedient servant.
    ---
    Garrison Keillor's ''A Prairie Home Companion'' can be heard Saturday nights on public radio stations across the country.
    At yet, another outstanding example of 'government funded' liberal bias. NPR is quite the shining example that Air America should try to follow. At least this particular article was sarcastic enough to make the "piece" a tad funny.

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    Re: In defense of Tom DeLay

    Funny you should see NPR that way, Raider, but understandable since it fits the National Socialist agenda of spreading rumor and innuendo, calling everything not in conformance with the oligarchic plutocracy your masters envision the work of the unholy liberal.

    One of the directors of REALTHINGS.US (My genuine MSDN 'Web' DOMAIN NAME(1)) is 'Sax Therapy', creator and Executive Producer of WXFM TRIAD Radio - Chicago (circa 1967 - 76. Now http://www.triadradio.us/live365.com) a 'pioneer' listener-supported 'Radio Station'.

    Saul calls NPR 'National Petroleum Radio' because of his perceived bias in their reporting in the other direction from what you are claiming. Why do you think he holds that view?

    SoJustAsk, has this been verified to have been written by Garrisson Keillor? I've been listening to him for many years and this seems to be slightly out of character for him and not quite up to the quality of his dry wit.

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    Re: In defense of Tom DeLay

    Quote Originally Posted by tommywho70x

    SoJustAsk, has this been verified to have been written by Garrisson Keillor? I've been listening to him for many years and this seems to be slightly out of character for him and not quite up to the quality of his dry wit.
    Well, it's his picture and signature on the article at the link. If it's not really him, then the Salt Lake Tribune will be defending itself in a lawsuit I reckon.

    He might have toned it down for the paper, tommy. Different circulation. But I love dry humor and sarcasm. It goes right over the heads of most neocons. LOL.

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    Re: In defense of Tom DeLay

    These are more of the down-home warmth and calm, understated front porch musings that we have come to expect from Garr--hey....waaait a minute...what the-

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    Re: In defense of Tom DeLay

    BREAKING NEWS: DeLay's attorneys reject plea agreement.

    Source URL: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051017/...ltBHNlYwM3MTY-

    DeLay Offered Deal Before Indictment By LARRY MARGASAK, Associated Press Writer
    34 minutes ago



    WASHINGTON - A Texas prosecutor offered Rep. Tom DeLay a deal to plead guilty to a misdemeanor and save his job as majority leader, but DeLay chose to fight felony charges instead, the congressman's attorney said Monday.

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    Dick DeGuerin, DeLay's lawyer, described the offer in a letter to the prosecutor as he filed motions in Austin to dismiss felony indictments and — barring dismissal of the case — to seek a speedy trial.

    Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle had no immediate comment.

    DeLay, R-Texas, has been indicted on conspiracy and money laundering charges in a Texas campaign finance investigation, both felonies. He was obligated to step aside — at least temporarily — under House Republican rules.

    "Before the first indictment you tried to coerce a guilty plea from Tom DeLay for a misdemeanor, stating the alternative was indictment for a felony which would require his stepping down as majority leader of the United States House of Representatives," DeGuerin wrote Earle.

    "He turned you down flat so you had him indicted, in spite of advice from others in your office that Tom DeLay had not committed any crime," the lawyer wrote.

    DeLay and two political associates are accused of using corporate money to finance the campaigns of Texas Republican candidates for the state Legislature. Texas law prohibits corporate political donations in state political campaigns.

    The charges allege that DeLay, two political associates and a Texas political action committee started by DeLay sent corporate money to the Republican National Committee in Washington — and that the RNC sent the funds back to Texas for the legislative candidates.

    The donations helped Republicans win control of the Legislature in the 2002 elections and gain approval of a DeLay-inspired congressional redistricting plan that later helped the GOP retain control of the U.S. House.

    In a series of filings prior to the Texas Republican's arraignment Friday in Austin, DeGuerin asked for:

    _A speedy trial, because the indictments "have already had adverse collateral consequences including the temporary loss of Tom DeLay's leadership position in the United States Congress and an unknown effect on the upcoming (March 2006) primary election."

    _Dismissal of the indictments because, he contended, they failed to allege any act or omission by DeLay and improperly joined two offenses.

    _Separation of DeLay's case from that of two political associates charged as co-conspirators, because DeLay wants a speedy trial while the associates are pursuing appeals that would delay their cases.

    DeLay will likely be booked in a Texas county jail this week despite attempts by his attorneys to bypass the fingerprinting and mug shot process.

    Steve Brittain, one of DeLay's Austin attorneys, also said the lawmaker has the option of turning himself in to Fort Bend County authorities, the county where DeLay resides.

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    Associated Press writers Suzanne Gamboa and April Castro in Austin, Texas, contributed to his article.


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    Re: In defense of Tom DeLay

    That story is running in the Los Angeles Times too...

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationwo...track=morenews

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    Re: In defense of Tom DeLay

    Tom DeLay a Boon to Both Democrats and GOP

    Seeking to capitalize financially on the increased national visibility of former House majority leader Tom DeLay, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is joining forces with DeLay's likely Democratic opponent in Texas's 22nd District to raise money from national donors.

    Former congressman Nick Lampson and the DCCC will launch "Lampson Victory 2006" with an event tomorrow night at the Democratic National Committee that will feature House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and DCCC Chairman Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.). To serve as a "chair" for the event, an individual must either donate or raise $25,000; a political action committee needs to contribute just $15,000 to qualify for "chair" status.

    Lampson Victory 2006 is a joint fundraising committee, which allows the donations to be split between Lampson and the DCCC. The two entities will also divvy up the costs of the committee's overhead.

    After the D.C. event tomorrow, Lampson will tour the country (or at least the Democratic fundraising hot spots) to collect cash for the committee. Stops are scheduled in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco and Boston.

    The formation of the committee comes as a new national poll shows that DeLay is slowly but surely becoming a recognizable name to American voters. Only 31 percent did not know his name or were unsure when asked in an NBC/Wall Street Journal survey conducted earlier this month. Of those who recognized DeLay's name, 11 percent were "very" or somewhat" positive about him, 22 percent were "neutral" and 36 percent were "somewhat" or "very" negative.

    In spite those numbers, DeLay remains a formidable fundraising force -- as evidenced by his third-quarter fundraising numbers. From July 1 to Sept. 30, DeLay raised $920,000, almost triple the $323,00 that Lampson collected. DeLay's haul brought his total fundraising for the first nine months of 2005 to $2.3 million. (DeLay raised $2.8 million for the entire 2004 cycle.) In fact, following DeLay's indictment by a Travis County grand jury on Sept. 28, he received a slew of donations from individuals and political action committees, most notably the Wal-mart Stores Inc. PAC, which gave DeLay $5,000 on Sept. 30.

    Kevin Madden, a spokesman for DeLay, said the indictment by Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle, which he referred to as a "manufactured political power move," had "emboldened Republican supporters to help Mr. DeLay and we expect that level of enthusiasm to continue."

    During the third quarter, DeLay spent $482,000, a total that included $12,750 in refunds requested by contributors. Madden said that even the one refund paid back after DeLay's indictment was handed down on Sept. 28 had been requested prior to the indictment.

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    Re: In defense of Tom DeLay

    garrison who!? i know i saw him on PBS a few times and immediately flipped stations.or was is radio!?not sure.will have to check him out next time.:rolleyes:

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