Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Bringing Tom DeLay Closer to God

Tom DeLay tells Fox News that a "left-wing syndicate" is out to get him...but he tells Fox News Radio that all the scrutiny over his ethics is bringing him "closer to God," reports Reuters, as does The New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Associated Press. In the same interview where he talked about his closeness to the Deity, DeLay said he found it "outrageous" that Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy cited international law, "not the Constitution," in a recent ruling barring the execution of juveniles. According to the Times, DeLay said that the House Judiciary Committee would "explore what the authors of the Constitution intended when they said federal judges hold their post on the basis of good behavior," and that "We want to define what good behavior means."

Keeping on a theological theme, The Springfield News-Leader complains that "[w]atching the campaign to oust him could lead a visitor to America to believe that he is the devil incarnate." The editorial goes on to note, however:
That said, we can only shake our head at the irony of DeLay, master of the politics of personal destruction, complaining that he is now the target of such tactics....DeLay, for all his efforts to accuse others for his current predicament, has only himself to blame....DeLay's days are numbered.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that in the midst of all this DeLay still has time to fundraise, appearing at an event for Virginia Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick, R-Prince William. notes that the name of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff was conspicuously absent in the email Tom DeLay sent to supporters yesterday. Read what Molly Ivins has to say here. Doonesbury is on Day Three of the Tom DeLay Political DeathWatch.


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