Wednesday, April 13, 2005

DeLay's Defense: Democrats are to Blame

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay wants you to know what's behind the recent campaign finance and ethics scandals he faces: Democrats. In a meeting with Republican party leaders on Tuesday, (as highlighted here) DeLay's comments include:

Giving a preview of the approach he is likely to take when he appears before
reporters this afternoon, DeLay dismissed questions about his travel and his
relationships with lobbyists as "the Democratic agenda." Attendees said DeLay, in extremely brief remarks, told the senators that, if asked about his predicament, they should blame Democrats and their lack of an agenda.

Wow! Was it the lack of a Democratic Agenda that forced DeLay's wife and daughter to take almost a million dollars from political donors? It's a vast left-wing conspiracy that DeLay is facing numerous questions about his ethical conduct. Obviously.

Those of you who have been following the discussions over at World Debate are intimately familiar with this sort of response from the right. When the discussion turns to anything remotely critical of conservative policies or actions, rather than engaging in discussion to clarify their position, Republicans blame Democrats for being disruptive and uncooperative.

DeLay has a difficult fight ahead of him as political pressure builds even from within his own party. If requiring the House Majority Leader to follow federal law and behave in an ethical manner is considered a left-wing conspiracy, I think we need more conspiracies like them. DeLay's hubris will surely be his undoing.

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