On thugs, and why I occasionally like Bill O'Reilly
Tom DeLay has been taking trips paid for by lobbyists, accepting illegal campaign donations, and has paid his wife and daughter more than $500,000 over the last 5 years, supposedly for campaign work. Now he's upset that the media has been covering this. He explains the nepotism as follows:
"My wife and daughter have any right, just like any other American, to be employed and be compensated for their employment," Mr. DeLay said. "It's pretty disgusting, particularly when my wife and daughter are singled out and others are not, in similar situations in the Senate and as well as the House." Yes, it's disgusting, but not because they're singled out--because of what you're doing.
In response to the relevations about the trips having been paid for by lobbyists, DeLay said he didn't know. Unfortunately for DeLay (though he certainly doesn't care) he impaled himself upon the horns of a dilemma with this statement: either he's telling the truth and he didn't know, which makes incompetent, or he's lying, which makes him a corrupt liar.
Last night Bill O'Reilly interviewed one of DeLay's lawyers. He didn't pull any punches, and when she tried to spin the wife and daughter pay-out O'Reilly screamed "It just doesn't look good!" Thanks, Bill. Once in a while you get it right.
So, what should we do about this? Probably write angry columns and let DeLay stay in power. Sound good? Great.