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Poor, poor pitiful Tom

Poor, poor pitiful me!
Poor, poor pitiful me!
Oh, these boys won’t let me be
Lord have mercy on me!
Woe, woe is me!

— Various artists, including Terri Clark, Linda Rondstadt, and Warren Zevon

It just breaks my heart to see a man brought low like this.

U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay sent constituents a letter Thursday calling the prosecution against him the “politics of personal destruction,” and said he has come under attack because he’s been a strong advocate of conservative causes.

The letter is the second the Sugar Land Republican has sent to supporters since he was first indicted in Travis County on election law violations last month. DeLay has repeatedly said he is a victim of political persecution by District Attorney Ronnie Earle, a Democrat.

“Because of their decade of defeat, Democrats have now dropped to the least common denominator — the politics of personal destruction,” DeLay said, using the same defense mounted by former President Clinton during his impeachment.

DeLay said the prosecution against him is part of a larger pattern of “liberals” using the criminal justice system against conservatives.

“What we’re fighting is so much larger than a single court case or a single district attorney in Travis County,” DeLay said. “We are witnessing the criminalization of conservative politics.”

That man sure does know how to throw one heck of a pity party, does he not? He’s even got people at the Austin Chronicle shedding tears for him.

I’m sorry, I’m getting all verklempt over here. Talk amongst yourselves.

(AusChron link via The Stakeholder.)

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