Tick, tock, tick, tock ... it looks like DeLay will not be taking up his House leadership position again anytime soon. Texas state court judge Pat Priest (remember, the Republican DeLay demanded?) refused to toss out money laundering charges although he dismissed conspiracy charges because as that law was not yet in force, DeLay could not then break it.
Clueless quote of the day? "The court's decision to dismiss a portion of Ronnie Earle's manufactured and flawed case against Mr. DeLay underscores just how baseless and politically motivated the charges are,'' said Kevin Madden, a spokesman for DeLay.
The last-minute negotiations between the lawyers and Texas prosecutor Ronnie Earle were arranged after DeLay made what Earle considered a seriously damaging admission about his fundraising activities during an Aug. 17 meeting with the prosecutor in Austin.
At that session, DeLay acknowledged that in 2002 he was informed about and expressed his support for transfers of $190,000 in mostly corporate funds from his Texas political action committee to an arm of the Republican National Committee in Washington and then back to Texas, according to the sources, who spoke on the condition that they not be named.
DeLay has done most of the work. This time, Ronnie Earle has to remember to cut off the head, stuff the mouth with garlic, and weld the lid of the coffin closed. Only then can we keep DeLay from again rising at night to feed on the blood of the living.
1) So many minority youths had volunteered that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like myself. (explaining at the 1988 GOP convention why he and vice presidential nominee Dan Quayle did not fight in the Vietnam War);
2) Now tell me the truth boys, is this kind of fun? (to three young hurricane evacuees from New Orleans at the Astrodome in Houston, Sept. 9, 2005);
3) I AM the federal government. (to the owner of Ruth's Chris Steak House, after being told to put out his cigar because of federal government regulations banning smoking in the building, May 14, 2003);
4) We're no longer a superpower. We're a super-duper power. (explaining why America must topple Saddam Hussein in 2002 interview with Fox News);
5) Nothing is more important in the face of a war than cutting taxes. Tom DeLay, March 12, 2003;
6) Guns have little or nothing to do with juvenile violence. The causes of youth violence are working parents who put their kids into daycare, the teaching of evolution in the schools, and working mothers who take birth control pills. (on the causes of the Columbine High School massacre, 1999);
7) A woman can take care of the family. It takes a man to provide structure. To provide stability. Not that a woman can't provide stability, I'm not saying that... It does take a father, though. (radio interview, Feb. 10, 2004);
8) I don't believe there is a separation of church and state. I think the Constitution is very clear. The only separation is that there will not be a government church.;
9) Emotional appeals about working families trying to get by on $4.25 an hour [the minimum wage in 1996] are hard to resist. Fortunately, such families do not exist. (during a debate in Congress on increasing the minimum wage, April 23, 1996);
10) I am not a federal employee. I am a constitutional officer. My job is the Constitution of the United States, I am not a government employee. I am in the Constitution. (in a CNN interview, Dec. 19, 1995).
Remember, DeLay is in court today on his motion to get rid of Judge Perkins. Also, check the Daily DeLay for more.
Sure DeLay looked like he was pretty pleased with himself in his mugshot. But there's a copy of it up in the attic, and every day it will change and show what DeLay looks like inside. We took a look this morning, and it wasn't pretty.
Make sure to hit The Daily DeLay for more updates. And don't forget to hit the Dear [Former Majority] Leader's own blog for his, er, take.
Majikthise is on location for live blogging and frog march photography. UPDATE: she's got perp walk photos here and here.
Plead? Ha! I Spit on Your Plea Offer and Call It a Silly Thing!
DeLay could have stayed Dear [Majority] Leader if he'd taken a plea deal that was offered before he was indicted, but not our Tommy! Birmingham Blues has the story:
"DeLay’s attorney is griping because he says prosecutor Ronnie Earle offered DeLay the opportunity to plead guilty to a misdemeanor, thereby saving his position as House majority leader, before DeLay was indicted. Dick DeGuerin says Earle tried to 'coerce' DeLay into taking a plea by 'threatening' to indict him for a felony."
Um, isn't that the way it's done? Gee, maybe Tommy should have taken the deal.
Some circumstantial evidence is strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.
Henry David Thoreau, 1854
We at Agitprop are heavily engaged in the "Delay Death Watch." Well, we missed this story yesterday, but we had to go get cat food and catnip. Read previous posts here and here. For our part, we are tentatively chilling the champagne. Grumpy Old Man is ready to pop the corks.
Prosecutor Subpoenas DeLay Phone Records DeLay Blames Prosecutor, Clintons
Just off the AP: A Texas prosecutor subpoenaed records for the home telephone of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and the phone of his political campaign Thursday. Also subpoenaed by prosecutor Ronnie Earle were records for two numbers for DeLay's daughter, Dani DeLay Ferro.