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Hello, this is NOT George Stuffinenvelopes, but Ken McCracken, bringing you PUNDIT ROUNDTABLE, your blog alternative to the Sunday morning talking head shows.
Our classy pundits this week have been asked these questions: Tom Delay was indicted and arrested this week - is this a real prosecution or political payback? Did Delay make himself a target? Is this really bad for the Republicans, or could it backfire on Democrats? Will there be any long-term effects from this going into the 2006 elections?
I'm not sure that DeLay is entirely innocent in the matter. He's certainly guilty of violating the spirit of the law if not the letter.
Home State: Illinois.
Tom Delay was indicted and arrested this week - is this a real prosecution or political payback?
Home State: North Dakota.
Tom Delay recently said that there was no more room for cuts in the federal budget. I don't care if he's a saint that makes campaign money fall from the sky or if he rapes and murders puppies to raise money from perverted psychopaths with big checkbooks - it takes a special kind of asshole to say such a thing and that kind of asshole doesn't need to be in Washington representing any portion of this country.
Home State: Texas
This is a pretty solid case of political payback. Between the lack of evidence and the fact that it took a few grand juries to get an indictment, I can't imagine anything will come of this. I can see Delay emerging from this even stronger in the scenario where he is exonerated and Earle's gets the tables turned on him with his witch hunt.
Home State: Texas.
I have no idea whether the charges against DeLay are legitimate or political payback or not and to be honest with you I'm not entirely sure whether I or anyone should care at this point. I'll make my judgements once both sides have had their day in court.
Home State: Michigan.
Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones, and if we're really moving to a climate where we prosecute run-of-the-mill fundraising practices, you can bet that dozens of high level Congressional Democrats are now worrying, privately, that this thing may boomarang back on themselves. Think back to the silly ethics controversy over junkets. Turned out that Democrats were the kings of junkets. So, like clockwork, the story went away in a hurry.
Home State: Texas
This 'prosecution' is not about campaign financing violations, or any other wrongs committed by Tom Delay. It is about punishing Delay for house redistricting in Texas, which produced a seismic shift in Texas politics in favor of the Republicans. It is about demonizing an effective political enemy, and having a new whipping boy to enable the DNC and MoveOn.org to raise money for '06.
I gotta say though, that mugshot makes Delay look like a cuddly Sunday school teacher.
One who puts the interests of party ahead of fairness and the law is the very definition of a partisan hack, and this makes Ronnie Earle the ultimate party hack. When this is all over, I hope the Texas bar considers disbarring him.
As for the effect on the '06 elections, I think the Democrats will get as much out of this prosecution as the Republicans did for impeaching Bill Clinton - that is, not much. These scoundrels have a way of making themselves look lovable in their most dire hours.
Home State: Illinois
Posted by Ken McCracken · 23 October 2005 10:11 AM
Way better than Meet The Press.
Posted by: Will Franklin at October 23, 2005 12:18 PM
Excellent, Ken. Very enjoyable and informative. A great idea.
I hope you do it again.
Posted by: Rob at October 23, 2005 12:47 PM
I agree with Rob. FWIW, MT says I'm pinging one, lone, solitary Willisms trackback with no other sites included "too quickly." So MT may be having difficulties. Or it could be Haloscan... who knows?
Posted by: Hoodlumman at October 23, 2005 01:15 PM
This is way more interesting than Meet the Press! ...Although I haven't watched Meet the Press for quite some time now... My husband gets irritated when I watch liberal MSM shows!... Thanks guys! Very interesting thought provoking ideas!...
Posted by: Zsa Zsa at October 23, 2005 01:44 PM
I like the broad spectrum of answers. While there were certain concensus points, some of th eminor variences on the results were the most interesting parts of it. Overall, I hope you guys do ths again. It was a really good read.
Posted by: Rob B. at October 24, 2005 12:46 AM
Well, Rob, I think I might just invite YOU next week to be a guest pundit.
Unless you have to vacuum the cat or mop the ceiling or something like that.
Posted by: Ken McCracken at October 24, 2005 04:13 AM
I may have to hot wax the fridge, but I'm sure that I can squeze some time in between changing the spark plugs on the playstation and windexing drapes.
Posted by: Rob B. at October 24, 2005 11:01 AM