Ah, I’ve never used “duplicitousness” in a blog post, but I couldn’t resist. There just wasn’t another alliterative "d" word that I could put after “DeLay’s.” For yesterday I saw Tom DeLay interviewed by Wolf Blitzer on CNN.
Now, I’m sure DeLay has some good qualities. He probably is kind to pets and loving toward his wife and children. I do my best to look upon him as a human being, flawed though he is (as are we all). Yet when he settled into his cocky, smirking, can’t-touch-me interview demeanor, I instantly loathed him.
And what I heard next didn’t make me feel any warmer toward Duplicitous Delay. Blitzer reviewed the charges that have been filed against him by district attorney Ronnie Earle and a Texas grand jury. DeLay said:
They don’t have any evidence. All they wanted to do was indict me so I’d have to step aside as majority leader temporarily. That’s the only reason I got indicted…It is a political witch hunt, trying to do political damage…He [Earle] did it in conjunction and working with the Democratic leadership here in D.C.
Wolf Blitzer jumped right in:
Well, that’s an explosive charge you make, that there is some sort of collusion or conspiracy between Ronnie Earle and Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders in Congress…What evidence, if any, do you have to back that up?
DeLay babbles out a vague answer. Blitzer tries again: “What evidence is there they consulted with Ronnie Earle or that they talked with him, or they had any dealings with him whatsoever?”
Delay says, “Well, that evidence is coming. I’m sure they worked closely with Ronnie Earle on this strategy.”
Blitzer, god bless him, keeps acting like a reporter with some cojones: “When is that evidence going to be made available? You say it’s coming. When are you going to make that evidence available?”
Delay: “When it’s timely.”
Blitzer: “What does that mean?”
DeLay: “When it’s timely.”
Blitzer: “OK. Well, we’ll have to wait and see for that evidence.”
Yes, we surely will. I predict that we’ll wait and wait, and never see. If DeLay could actually prove that the Democratic leadership conspired with Earle on the indictment, that would be powerful political dynamite. It’d backfire on the Democrats, leaving DeLay sitting pretty.
The Hammer isn’t the sort of guy to sheathe a weapon. I’m pretty sure he’d use the evidence if he had it. So he’s likely playing his usual hardball game, hypocritically complaining about how Ronnie Earle has made charges against him without revealing all of the evidence while doing the same thing—but worse—himself when he makes unsubstantiated claims about Democratic collusion with Earle.
On the positive side, I was thrilled to open up the newspaper this morning and see the headline, “Court overturns two sex-show laws: Oregon’s justices rule that the right to free expression in the state is an absolute.”
Way to go, Oregon Supreme Court!
Not that I frequent sex shows, other than the two-dimensional variety on late-night HBO and Showtime. But it’s nice to know that lap dances and such will continue to be available in this state. Especially for as long as George Bush and his cronies are in office, Oregonians need as many diversions as possible.
A lovely gyrating ass in your crotch has a way of taking your mind off of DeLay’s antics. Or so I would imagine.
I sometimes get depressed about where Oregon is heading, what with the dismantling of our land use laws via Measure 37 and the forbidding of gay marriage via Measure 36, plus other non-progressive trends in this state.
But we still can enjoy having our gas pumped for us. If you’re got a terminal illness and don’t want to suffer, assisted suicide is available. The medical marijuana law still enjoys strong support (I’ve been thinking of putting in an application; Tom DeLay and George Bush are making me nauseous and I can’t think of a better cure).
Oregon remains an appealingly open state. We’re one of the most unchurched in the country. By and large we believe in letting people live their own lives (unless you’re gay). As the sex club ruling showed, the Oregon Constitution has stronger free speech protections than the Federal Constitution.
Like the Hot Topic T-shirt says, “Come for the fishing, stay for the strip clubs.”