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Posted: 4/3/2006 6:46:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/3/2006 6:47:40 PM EDT by raven]
He's not going to run for re-election. The end of an era.

TOM DELAY TELLS TIME MAGAZINE HE'S QUITTING CONGRESS; WILL NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION AND WILL LEAVE CONGRESS WITHIN MONTHS

Mon Apr 03 2006 22:37:51 ET

In Exclusive First Interview with TIME's Mike Allen, Delay Says He Feels 'Liberated' And Vowed to Pursue Aggressive Speaking and Organizing Campaign Aimed at Promoting Foster Care, Republican Candidates and Closer Connection Between Religion and Government

New York - Rep. Tom DeLay, whose iron hold on the House Republicans melted as a lobbying corruption scandal engulfed the Capitol, told TIME on Monday that he will not seek reelection and will leave Congress within months. Taking defiant swipes at “the left” and the press, he said he feels “liberated” and vowed to pursue an aggressive speaking and organizing campaign aimed at promoting foster care, Republican candidates and a closer connection between religion and government.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 6:54:07 PM EDT
Well then.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 6:55:47 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/3/2006 7:00:32 PM EDT by argoyle]
Any bets on what this guy is going down for? I just can't see him doing this unless he had to.

Link Posted: 4/3/2006 7:00:32 PM EDT

Originally Posted By raven:
and a closer connection between religion and government.

Great
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 7:04:20 PM EDT
...and the liberals take out another one.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 7:08:59 PM EDT
<--- one Texan celebrating with a beer.

one less corrupt politician "representing" me
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 7:10:14 PM EDT

That sucks bigtime.

Thank you Mr. DeLay for your many years of service and particularly for your excellent and solid support of us firearm-owners (yes, even us EBR-owners).

Link Posted: 4/3/2006 7:10:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By leakycow:
<--- one Texan celebrating with a beer.

one less corrupt politician "representing" me



Actually, his bible thumping aside, he wasn't too bad. He was one of the most pro-gun congressman in Washington, he deserves much credit for the death of the 94 AW bill.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 7:11:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/3/2006 7:12:01 PM EDT by DjangosMissingFinger]
Yeah, i'm really weeping over this one.
The whole "Because he's a Republican that means he can do no wrong and when he's charged with doing wrong, it's really a liberal conspiracy" thing doesn't wash.

Texas can do a helluva lot better than that douchebag.
Too bad we had to lose a RKBA dude, but he's reaping.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 7:15:39 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DjangosMissingFinger:
Texas can do a helluva lot better than that douchebag.


Are you sure?

Link Posted: 4/3/2006 7:18:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By The_Macallan:

Originally Posted By DjangosMissingFinger:
Texas can do a helluva lot better than that douchebag.


Are you sure?




100% positive
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 7:19:53 PM EDT
Time to replace him with someone who will make liberals go even more crazy over. Perhaps Karl Rove?
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 7:23:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Zaphod:
...and the liberals take out another one.



Tom Delay took himself out. If this was merely a liberal witch hunt, he wouldn't be stepping down.

He may have been a friend of the 2nd, but that doesn't excuse corruption, even when it's "no worse than the other guy".
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 7:24:59 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/3/2006 7:26:37 PM EDT by The_Macallan]

Originally Posted By leakycow:

Originally Posted By The_Macallan:

Originally Posted By DjangosMissingFinger:
Texas can do a helluva lot better than that douchebag.


Are you sure?


100% positive



Riiiiiiight.




Link Posted: 4/3/2006 7:28:58 PM EDT

Originally Posted By The_Macallan:

Originally Posted By leakycow:

Originally Posted By The_Macallan:

Originally Posted By DjangosMissingFinger:
Texas can do a helluva lot better than that douchebag.


Are you sure?


100% positive



Riiiiiiight.


members.cox.net/_themacallan/SheilaJacksonLee.jpg




0wn3d!
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 7:31:54 PM EDT

Originally Posted By freeride21a:

Originally Posted By The_Macallan:

Originally Posted By leakycow:

Originally Posted By The_Macallan:

Originally Posted By DjangosMissingFinger:
Texas can do a helluva lot better than that douchebag.


Are you sure?


100% positive



Riiiiiiight.


members.cox.net/_themacallan/SheilaJacksonLee.jpg




0wn3d!



...I don't see her manipulating the system to maintain power, then become so warped in the mind to think that she's bigger than it all. His shit-eating grin in that mugshot says it all. He was untouchable, or so he thought.

He IS the worst kind of politician...in it for himself and his fraternity. Disagree, if you wish, but Texas is better off without the jackass.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 7:35:21 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 7:36:51 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 7:40:21 PM EDT

Originally Posted By The_Macallan:

Originally Posted By leakycow:

Originally Posted By The_Macallan:

Originally Posted By DjangosMissingFinger:
Texas can do a helluva lot better than that douchebag.


Are you sure?


100% positive



Riiiiiiight.







...
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 7:46:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
Can one of you who is glad to see him go please enlighten me on exactly what he did? Please not something generic like "something really bad." I have no clue what he is accused of doing, except "campaign irregularities" or somesuch. Does this have to do with Buddhist temples and people handing him bags with $5000 inside? No wait, that's okay. Please bring me up to speed.



He's basically the poster boy for undue influence of monied interests, esp. corporate interests, in Congress.

Now, it may come as a surprise to you that legislators of both parties both shamelessly whore themselves out to lobbyists and monied interests. BUT, DeLay is 1., a Republican, and 2. The best there is at this game.

A liberal AG in Texas indicted DeLay because merely indicting a GOP politician prompts their immediate removal from leadership roles, which would embarrass him, and create a poisoned well environment, no matter how ridiculous and unsubstantive the charges were.

And damned if it didn't work like a charm, with a healthy assist courtesy of the Drive-By Media.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 7:46:36 PM EDT
Damn...the end of a great era. The Hammer will be sorely missed.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 7:49:06 PM EDT
All politicians are corrupt
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 7:49:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:

Originally Posted By leakycow:
...I don't see her manipulating the system to maintain power, then become so warped in the mind to think that she's bigger than it all.



Come on--you can't mean that part ^^^.

Ray Charles sees it.



ha! Ooops...Walked into that one.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 8:05:12 PM EDT
One of the best friends gun owners had in Congress.

Link Posted: 4/3/2006 8:10:29 PM EDT
Fuck 'em all.

With the exceptions of Ron Paul and Tancredo, they're all dirty pieces of shit that deserve whatever misery befalls them.

Link Posted: 4/3/2006 8:38:39 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Throttle-Junkie:
Fuck 'em all.

With the exceptions of Ron Paul and Tancredo, they're all dirty pieces of shit that deserve whatever misery befalls them.



Some of you are worst that the morons at DU. You don't have the slightest idea of what you are talking about.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 8:40:59 PM EDT

Originally Posted By The_Macallan:
Riiiiiiight.


members.cox.net/_themacallan/SheilaJacksonLee.jpg




hatLet's not forget Major Owens...

http://www.c-span.org/questions/images/owens.jpg
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 8:42:20 PM EDT

Originally Posted By -Absolut-:

Originally Posted By Throttle-Junkie:
Fuck 'em all.

With the exceptions of Ron Paul and Tancredo, they're all dirty pieces of shit that deserve whatever misery befalls them.



Some of you are worst that the morons at DU. You don't have the slightest idea of what you are talking about.



Finish college, work an honest job for a few years, THEN come back and tell us what you think of dirty politicians.

Link Posted: 4/3/2006 8:42:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/3/2006 8:43:46 PM EDT by DjangosMissingFinger]

Originally Posted By -Absolut-:

Some of you are worst that the morons at DU. You don't have the slightest idea of what you are talking about.



As opposed to Absolut here, who is clearly a Congressional insider and “in the know” about things that the rest of us aren’t.
Right?
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 8:47:32 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 8:48:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By -Absolut-:

Originally Posted By Throttle-Junkie:
Fuck 'em all.

With the exceptions of Ron Paul and Tancredo, they're all dirty pieces of shit that deserve whatever misery befalls them.



Some of you are worst that the morons at DU. You don't have the slightest idea of what you are talking about.



They ARE DU. We have been infiltrated and they are doing the "divide and conquer". It seems to be working.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 8:53:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By raven:
vowed to pursue an aggressive speaking and organizing campaign aimed at promoting foster care, Republican candidates and a closer connection between religion and government.



translation: time to cash in on speaking and book tours and $1,000/plate funding raising dinners.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 8:55:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By LARRYG:


They ARE DU. We have been infiltrated and they are doing the "divide and conquer". It seems to be working.



CRAP!
We've been discovered guys!
I told you that we didn't practice our "Republican Lockstep" well enough during the pre-invasion phase!
Let's all head back to "DU" and regroup so we can come back next time as better "Republicans".

Link Posted: 4/3/2006 9:21:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DjangosMissingFinger:

Originally Posted By LARRYG:


They ARE DU. We have been infiltrated and they are doing the "divide and conquer". It seems to be working.



CRAP!
We've been discovered guys!




That's just the beginning. We also know that Django was not missing any fingers.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 10:15:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/3/2006 10:19:34 PM EDT by DjangosMissingFinger]
I wanted the name to be "DjangosMissingFingers" to address his fingers that were lacking mobility, but screen names are limited to 20 letters
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 6:06:30 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/4/2006 6:09:18 AM EDT by CasualObserver]
O.K., for all those keeping score, that's Republicans 1 (Daschle) - Democrats 1 (DeLay). Score is tied at the top of the fourth.

TBK1, as for what he's supposed to have done, it's a rather convoluted story of Texas politics. We all know how DeLay organized the re-drawing of Texas distrcts. However, in order to do that he had to get a majority of Repubs. elected to the Texas State House. In order to do that, he created a PAC called Americans for a Republican Majority. This PAC contributed vast sums of money (for state races) to the campaigns of Republican candidates for the Texas State House.

In the money lies the problem. In Texas, of all places, it is illegal for corporate entities to donate money to political campaigns. DeLays PAC (and DeLay by association) stand acussed of laundering corporate donations through the RNC to Texas state Republicans, thus violating Texas state campaign law and and whatever money laundering falls under (RICO?). Two of his top aids have already pleaded guilty to these very charges.

DeLay didn't necessarily quit over this, though. It's hard to say whether or not he will be convicted. The problem is the damage that has been done to his reputation in his own district. His new district isn't nearly as solidly conservative as it was before the redistricting. He thought he could handle it, and he probably could have before the indictment. Now, however, polls show Nick Lampson (the guy who used to represent part of the Texas 22nd) would probably hand DeLay his ass in November. He is stepping down so they can try to run an untainted candidate in his place. Whoever they get is in for the fight of his life.

Or at least that's my casual observation.

CO

Edit for fat-fingering.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 6:51:57 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/4/2006 6:53:21 AM EDT by The_Macallan]

Originally Posted By CasualObserver:
O.K., for all those keeping score, that's Republicans 1 (Daschle) - Democrats 1 (DeLay). Score is tied at the top of the fourth.

You forgot Trent Lott, Newt Gingrich and Bob Livingston... all of them recently forced to step down for petty bullshit reasons.

btw... Daschle was voted out of office, not forced to step down. There was however Jim Wright on the Dem side back in the 1980s.

Link Posted: 4/4/2006 6:59:21 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Throttle-Junkie:
Fuck 'em all.

With the exceptions of Ron Paul and Tancredo, they're all dirty pieces of shit that deserve whatever misery befalls them.




Dang, you're smart just like Flipper.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 7:07:37 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Winston_Wolf:

Originally Posted By The_Macallan:

Originally Posted By leakycow:

Originally Posted By The_Macallan:

Originally Posted By DjangosMissingFinger:
Texas can do a helluva lot better than that douchebag.


Are you sure?


100% positive



Riiiiiiight.


members.cox.net/_themacallan/SheilaJacksonLee.jpg




...




As disturbing as that image is, wait till the day when a Congresswoman will be wearing
Islamic headwraps...(From Detroit)
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 7:17:09 AM EDT
tag
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 7:37:25 AM EDT

Originally Posted By VTHOKIESHOOTER:

Originally Posted By raven:
and a closer connection between religion and government.

Great



agreed, theocracy abounds with the likes of delay.
Link Posted: 4/4/2006 8:09:02 AM EDT

Originally Posted By The_Macallan:

Originally Posted By CasualObserver:
O.K., for all those keeping score, that's Republicans 1 (Daschle) - Democrats 1 (DeLay). Score is tied at the top of the fourth.

You forgot Trent Lott, Newt Gingrich and Bob Livingston... all of them recently forced to step down for petty bullshit reasons.

btw... Daschle was voted out of office, not forced to step down. There was however Jim Wright on the Dem side back in the 1980s.




I'll give you Trent Lott, that was pretty bullshit. Why didn't the White House stand up behind him?

IIRC, though, weren't Gingrich and Livingston throwing rocks from inside the glass house?

CO
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