April 13, 2005
Checking in on the DeLay barrage

Let's start our Tour DeLay today with the top story in the Chron, which is a recap of the Abramoff saga. Not much really new there. Cragg Hines muses about what an actual smoking gun from Abramoff might look like. He also notes that Abramoff has made the obligatory denial of what he said in that Newsweek story (see The Stakeholder for more).

Over in the WaPo, DeLay takes his "I AM the conservative movement!" tour to the Senate, where he says that the agenda of the Republican Party should be to say that the Democrats have no agenda. Or something like that. Via Josh Marshall.

Locally, DeLay will be in town this weekend to give a keynote address to the NRA convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The Houston Democrats invite you to give him a warm reception on Saturday. Here's a flyer (PDF) from the Bay Area New Democrats, which stresses that this is a bipartisan event and is NOT a protest of the NRA itself, just of DeLay.

KHOU reports on another self-proclaimed anti-DeLay Republican in Sugar Land. That's nice and all, but the fact that it's remarkable enough to be newsworthy means we've still got a ways to go. Via the Daily DeLay, which also brings us another DeLay flashback, this one on mass transit, and another editorial roundup from such deep blue places as Nebraska.

The newly MovableTyped Houtopia brings us the latest from USA Today and the Christian Science Monitor, the latter of which has a couple of provocative quotes:

The gap between what House Republicans say on the record about their embattled leader Tom DeLay and what they say in private is wide but narrowing.

In public, most Republicans say that what's driving the criticism of the House majority leader is politics, not ethics. The Democratic "hit machine" is pouring millions into a campaign to oust the most powerful Republican in Congress. But the real target is the Republican majority and its agenda.

But in private, some senior leaders are saying it's only a matter of time before the most powerful Republican in Congress is forced from office. "Democrats should save their money. Why murder someone who is committing suicide?" said a senior GOP lawmaker, on condition of anonymity.


While the "gathering storm" has yet to hit local conservative talk radio as it has the national news media, there are also signs that the ethics allegations are beginning to rankle the GOP's conservative base. "Personal ethics are very important to the average evangelical," says the Rev. Richard Cizik, vice president of governmental affairs for the National Association of Evangelicals. "When a person is seen to profit from their political connections, it doesn't speak well for that individual."

But he adds that he is not prepared to call for DeLay's ouster "because of appearances.... There's a benefit of the doubt."

I'm not prepared to take the "don't spend your money" advice on the general principle that Republicans have no need to offer genuinely good advice, not to mention the fact that the only reason this has gone anywhere in the first place is because there's been time and energy and money spent on it. That said, it could certainly be argued that all that really needs to be done at this point is to keep the focus on the criminal investigations and let nature take its course.

Policital Wire notes that things are bad enough for DeLay that the White House had to issue a statement of confidence in him. Of course, in pro sports that's usually the last thing an owner says about a coach before he fires him.

Last but not least, a little humor, from The Onion (via Andrea) and from Shakespeare's Sister.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on April 13, 2005 to Scandalized! | TrackBack

Remarkable? Newsworthy?


First, the person who placed the ad used her maiden name in order to conceal her identity. Only after being pressured by Channel 11 News did she release her real name, Patricia Baig of Missouri City.

Second, in order to create more attention for her ad, Mrs. Baig claimed she is a Republican in Fort Bend County. In fact, several times during her interview with Channel 11 she repeated this lie. According to PUBLIC records, the truth is that:

1) Mrs. Baig has never voted in a Republican primary
2) She is not affiliated with any Republican organization or club
3) She has not donated to the Republican Party
4) She donated $750 to the campaign of Richard Morrison during last year's election

Clearly, Mrs. Baig is NOT a Republican. She has lied in order to draw further attention to her candidate of choice who is a DEMOCRAT. These deceptions give her zero credibility.

I'm not surprised. Are you?

Posted by: Chris Elam on April 13, 2005 10:31 AM

That self-proclaimed Fort Bend County Republican/conservative has actually never voted in a Republican primary there so far as anyone who's looked can tell.

Jason Whiteley might have checked that instead of blindly assuming it's true. But hey, why let a little fact checking get in the way of a good story, right? Even when your broadcast is newly crowned as #1. Such is Houston journalism.

Posted by: kevin whited on April 13, 2005 10:49 AM

More humor: Delay, and Cornyn, named as two of the 28 people whose unbridled ego rubs off everywhere in Washington. Linked from my blog: http://monkeymuse.blogspot.com/2005/04/cornyn-and-delay-among-washington.html

Posted by: Jeb on April 13, 2005 10:52 AM

It's almost refreshing to see Chris and Kevin whine about local media other than the Houston Chronic.


Posted by: PDiddie on April 13, 2005 12:30 PM

Obviously... you've never visited my blog. =)

Posted by: Chris Elam on April 13, 2005 1:24 PM

DeLay's War Room talking points have been released.


Posted by: kerry on April 13, 2005 1:58 PM

This post was discussed briefly on CNN's "Inside the Blogs" this afternoon about 3:25. Just thought you'd like to know about the promotion.

Posted by: Cody on April 13, 2005 3:30 PM