It's a good day when you hear that political fixer, bagman, and conduit for millions of dollars of corporate influence money Tom Delay has been indicted.
Delay, known as a cross between a concierge and a Mafia Don, is corrupt as can be, basing his power on being the money man for the entire Republican congress. He's let it be known that if millionaires, corporations and other business interests or groups want anything to be done in D.C., they need to talk to him and start handing over the money. In turn, Delay would hand out millions upon millions to fellow Republicans campaign committees, which in turn ensured total loyalty from them.
He also let it be known to all of the K Street lobbyists, PACS, and lawyers that unless they hired Republicans, and stopped giving any money at all to Democrats, they would be shut out. Many of Delay's former staff are now millionaire lobbyists.
If Delay eventually spends 10 years in prison, he should consider himself getting off with a slap on the wrist, as this indictment is truly only the tip of a very large iceberg. One can imagine just how hard it is to nab a slippery politician like Delay, corrupt as he is, when he weilds as much power as he does, commands as much loyalty and fear as he does, and has actively changed ethics rules to sheild himself as he has.
Even the Republican talking parrots will have a hard time making Delay out to be warm and cuddly, and after years of his blatant corruption, it's likely that both the press and others will turn on him. (though of course, as always the Dems will be spineless wimps and will fail to capitalize on this)
Look for the typical and tiresome right wing spin to attempt to attack the messanger and vilify and smear the Travis County prosecutor who issued the indictment as being some sort of insane nut job from the far left obsessed with getting Tom Delay. Nothing could be further from the truth.
And even better, Delay has actually stepped down as whip, though he's held far more power than speaker Dennis Hastert. Frankly, I'm surprised he even stepped down, as they made attempts earlier when these indictments were on the horizon to totally gut the ethics rules of the house and the Republican party in order to shield Delay from any harm.
This couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. The wheels are finally coming off this massively corrupt enterprise otherwise known as the dark era when Republicans controled the entire government. Perhaps theres hope that, due to their overarching greed and inability to not over-reach, the disasterous Republican era may come to an end sooner than expected. This would be cause for the entire planet to rejoice.
Of course, like a particularly stubborn cockroach, Delay won't go away anytime soon, but this sure isn't going to help him. We can only hope that the former exterminator from Sugarland, TX finally gets squashed himself.