Talk:Thomas D. DeLay

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Relocated this chart here to relieve overbyte. Not exactly sure what it's purpose is, though .... a succession chart for the House? Artificial Intelligence 08:29, 29 Sep 2005 (EDT)

Preceded by:
Ron Paul
U.S. Representative for Texas' 22nd Congressional District
1984 – present
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
Newt Gingrich
Republican Whip
Succeeded by:
Roy Blunt
Preceded by:
Dick Armey
House Majority Leader
2002 – present
Succeeded by:

"House Majority Leader Tom 'The Hammer' DeLay (R-Texas) is the most loathsome politician to be retched onto the national stage in recent memory. To call him a shit would be to slander feces, which, to its credit, is the natural by-product of a nutritive process. DeLay can claim no such distinction." --Brian Cook, "Souls for Sale," In These Times, December 3, 2004.

the plea bargain

DeLay Rejected Deal - DeLay's attorneys revealed October 17, 2005, that, before DeLay was "indicted on felony money-laundering charges by a Texas grand jury," DeLay had "rebuffed" Earle's "suggestion that he plead guilty to a misdemeanor violation of election law."

This is another of those confounding allegations by the DeLay team. Since when does a pre-indictment plea bargain offering indicate a weak case? It indicates a willingness of the state to accept a lesser plea to avoid the costs of a trial, and is often offered as leverage to get testimony for the state, something that the DeLay team didn't mention. This is nonsense, and not something worthy of note after the indictment has been dropped. Is DeLay's defense team floundering? Maybe the daughter's phone records are damning. It is sad that the mainstream media picked this up as a credible argument against the indictment.

--Hugh Manatee 15:02, 18 Oct 2005 (EDT)

The first indictment has not been dropped. DeLay's perp walk on Friday, October 21st, IS on the first indictment. Neither arraignment or court dates have been set for the other two indictments.

I think, more than anything, it shows who DeLay is: a shameless, evil, recividist.

My interpretation on DeLay's attorneys' "revelation" is that its just another move to make DeLay appear to be the innocent victim and that he was shrugging off a deal because, of course, he is innocent.

IMHO Artificial Intelligence 16:02, 18 Oct 2005 (EDT)

"Tom DeLay, meanwhile, was a small businessman from Sugar Land, Texas, who ran a pest extermination business before he entered politics. He hated the government regulators who dared to tell him that some of the pesticides he used were dangerous – as, in fact, they were. He got himself elected to the Texas legislature at a time the Republicans were becoming the majority in the once-solid Democratic south, and his reputation for joining in the wild parties around the state capital in Austin earned him the nickname “Hot Tub Tom.” But early in his political career, and with exquisite timing and the help of some videos from the right wing political evangelist, James Dobson, Tom DeLay found Jesus and became a full-fledged born again Christian. He would later humbly acknowledge that God had chosen him to restore America to its biblical worldview. “God,” said Tom DeLay, “has been walking me through an incredible journey…God is using me, all the time, everywhere…God is training me. God is working with me….”"

"In addition to finding Jesus, Tom DeLay also discovered a secular ally to serve his ambitions. He found out the power of money to power his career. “Money is not the root of all evil in politics,” DeLay once said. “In fact, money is the lifeblood of politics.” By raising more than two million dollars from lobbyists and business groups and distributing the money to dozens of Republican candidates in 1994, the year of the Republican breakthrough in the House, DeLay bought the loyalty of many freshmen legislators and got himself elected Majority Whip, the number three man in Newt Gingrich’s “Gang of Seven” who ran the House."

the rest at

If you find audio, please let me know :)
--Maynard 21:10, 24 Feb 2006 (EST)

Take your pick; Moyers has spoken LOTS about DeLay. Artificial Intelligence 23:30, 24 Feb 2006 (EST)

God's, or Thor's, plans for "the hammer" ...

Relocating this section - was intending to use part of the JP quote in a revised version of this page but the link is dead. A quick search hasn't located an alternative location. The section as it is written doesn't support the heading either --Bob Burton 22:19, 17 Apr 2006 (EDT)

AIPAC's "man"

Tom DeLay is AIPAC's man in Congress, and a link between the evangelical right and right-wing Zionist groups. He has been the recipient of AIPAC's largesse over the past decade; he has been a frequent visitor to Israel. This is what the Jerusalem Post had to say about him:

DeLay is known to be a staunch supporter of Israel and has close ties with right wing groups and the settlers. "Tom DeLay is a true friend of Israel and has always worked for the security and well-being of the state," Israeli ambassador to Washington Danny Ayalon said Thursday. "We will keep up the close ties with him." [1]

About his actions in Congress on behalf of Israel:

As House Majority Leader, Tom DeLay played a lead role in blocking US aid to the Palestinian Authority and conditioning its restoration on reforming the PA and fighting terror. He has supported foreign aid to Israel and backed pro-Israel resolutions on Capitol Hill. In 2003, DeLay was one of the co-sponsors of House Resolution 294 that expressed support for Israel as it fights terrorism. In his speech from the floor, DeLay said that "Israel's fight is our fight" and added that the point of the war against terror is not only to defeat terror, but also "to destroy terrorists." As a born-again Christian, DeLay is close to the pro-Israel Evangelical circles and has said in the past he believes that the land of Israel was given to the people of Israel by god and should not be divided. He opposed the US-led peace plan known as the road map to peace, calling it a "road map to disaster," and has been a critic of the Ariel Sharon government's disengagement plan. [ibid]

I moved the previous article to a side page and posted a new better structured profile incorporating much of the previous material in its place. However there is some further merging to occur - bear with me. --Bob Burton 22:50, 17 Apr 2006 (EDT)

NOTE THAT THE Thomas D. DeLay article is now 52 kilobytes long and should be subdivided. I understand that the Wikipedia format keeps everything on a single "page", but the SW article is now excessive in bytes. Artificial Intelligence 11:20, 5 May 2006 (EDT)

Articles & Commentary

Note that the obvious reformatting of the links for this article had nothing whatsoever to do with the Congresspedia Wikipedia crossover .... Artificial Intelligence 11:10, 7 May 2006 (EDT)