Tom Delay's Big Unnatural Smile
It's safe to say there are few in Washington sorry to see Rep. Tom Delay step down from his position as House Majority Leader to contest an indictment for illegally arranging contributions to Texas campaigns.
Delay has often acted highhandedly in Washington, and it is always revealing to see indicted politicians and others come forth with a big unnatural smile the way Delay did the other day when the indictment was announced. He looked as if he were trying anything to conceal his true feelings.
The fact is that even if Delay is totally innocent, as he claims, his case is apt to take a long time to play out, and he won't be back in his majority leadership soon, which probably suits President Bush, who has his own political troubles and may have been embarrassed by the specticle of Delay gallivanting around the world at lobbyist expense.
Texas has a law against corporate contributions to political campaigns, which strikes me as odd. In California, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is trying to get the electorate to adopt a law which would allow the corporations to contribute but not the labor unions of teachers, police and other government employees. This is so patently unfair I don't expect to see it passed in next month's special election.
Delay will, for now, retain his House seat while contesting the case against him, but stepping down as majority leader in accord with House ethics rules will, in fact, strip him of most of his influence for the duration of his case. My guess. let me repeat, is that most Republicans as well as Democrats in Washington are not unhappy.
Two comments under here, is a comment by one of Delay's shills. Normally, I don't comment on comments, but this comment is a rare piece of junk.