Tom DeLay, "Martyr", Fields Softballs from Republican Favorite Brit Hume
Reported by Janie - April 5, 2006
Almost immediately after soon-to-be former Congressman Tom DeLay (R - TX) announced he would not seek re-election and would shortly be resigning from the House, he made a beeline to Fox News "journalist" Brit Hume so he could spin his own version of events without having to answer any real questions (just as Vice President Dick Cheney did in the aftermath of shooting Harry Whittington). The interview, of course, painted DeLay as almost a martyr, but to those that know anything about the actual case, DeLay appeared delusional and extremely desperate.
Hume opened the interview last night (4/4) in typical Fox form, trying to make Democrats look bad rather than the man (Republican) under indictment, "From Harry Reid to Nancy Pelosi to Howard Dean, the Democrats were on message today. The Tom DeLay departure they said, does not end the culture of corruption. Which they say he epitomized. What does the Congressman himself say about that? Well, he's right here, let's ask him… What do you say about that?"
TD: "Well, I don't think they understand it. There is no culture of corruption, except theirs. Lying about me, trying to work with an outrageous district attorney, and being indicted on laws that don't exist. They themselves announce this whole politics of personal destruction, criminalizing politics. That's what I think is the culture of corruption."
Comment: Here's how it works. There are laws in the United States. They are voted on by some sort of legislative body, then signed by an executive. Then, once the law is signed, it becomes enforced. It doesn't matter what the law covers - be it murder, domestic issues, motor vehicle issues, or even politics - if you break it you pay the penalty. This is not criminalizing politics (especially since the law is already on the books), it's politicizing crime. I think DeLay should take a look at "I'm Just a Bill" - might serve as a refresher course.
BH: "Let me ask you about your calculus in doing this, because it wasn't but a few weeks ago that you had won your primary, quite handily. More handily than a lot of people thought. And you said you were in this to the finish. What changed?"
TD: "Well, what changed was, is, I just got to thinking about what was ahead of me. And I'm a realist, I've been around awhile, I know how to evaluate a campaign, and the more I looked at it, the more I felt like this was going to be a nasty campaign for a lot of money. And my district didn't deserve it. They deserve a Republican, by me stepping aside because the race has become a referendum on me, not on issues, and now the liberal democrat can't win because a good, strong Republican will win the seat. It's a good strong Republican seat."
Comment: And that would have nothing to do with gerrymandering, would it?
BH: "The sense here in Washington was that the Ronnie Earle charges against you might well fall. And fail. And that he didn't have that much credibility in Texas. But that the scandal involving the lobbyist and your former associate Jack Abramoff and now the charges against one of your former aides, and possibly against a second, was a different matter entirely. Was that how you read it as well in terms of the politics?"
TD: "Well, the Abramoff stuff, I was being tarred with the brush of guilty by association. I have nothing to do with the Abramoff affair, I've done nothing wrong. It's disappointing, and I'm very disappointed in what went on, but it had nothing to do with me. The Department of Justice told my lawyers that I'm not a target of the investigation, I haven't talked to any investigator, it has nothing to do with me, and time will show that. But it does have a political, you know, stuff piles up and it has, it plays its role and has hurt my ability to be re-elected."
BH: "Now, you spent a long time accumulating the power and authority and influence that you had in the House of Representatives. The President himself has said all along he hoped you would return as leader, obviously that's not to be. And now you leave the House all together. What's ahead for you? How do you feel about this?"
TD: "Well, I'm kind of excited about it. I think I can do more for the Conservative movement, and more for the Republican majority outside the House than being…"
TD: "Well, I do have talents. I can take those talents and that experience and speak nationally about the Conservative movement, what our agenda is. I've got, shown that I can help elect Republicans, I can work with people. This decision making process, it was obvious to me that I still enjoy great support with Conservative organizations, conservative leaders, great support with our members in the House of Representatives. They respect me for what I've been able to accomplish and I can take that and do some pretty good things."
Comment: I wonder if he can get Republicans elected - LEGALLY? Or better yet - from behind bars?
BH: "I want to ask you…"
TD: "And the Democrats know it."
BH: "I want to ask you about a particular picture of you, which was keeping with the demeanor that you showed throughout this. This was the picture that was made of you, the mug shot, that was made of you at the time of the Ronnie Earle charges, and there you are with this big grin on your face, what's the story behind that decision to have that photo come out that way?"
TD: "That's an answer to prayer. Well, it's a humiliating process, I don't know if you've ever been booked, it's humiliating. You're not inclined to smile, but it just hit me that I needed to smile, so right before they took that one take.."
BH: "Why did you need to smile in your view?"
TD: "I don't know, it just came to me that I needed to smile. And right before they took that, and they only took one take, I said a little prayer, Lord let them see Jesus in me. And when I smiled on my side…"
Comment: Quick - I need a barf bag! Has DeLay actually lost his mind? Is he THIS desperate? How sad...
BH: "How did it feel?"
TD: "It felt like the fakest smile I had ever done. But through the camera you can see, there was a glow in it."
Comment: No, it really just was the fakest smile ever recorded on camera.
BH: "And what was the effect in your judgment?"
TD: "It really disappointed the Democrats, they had already spent a lot of money on t-shirts, coffee mugs, they were going to raise a lot of money with my mug shot and they couldn't use it, just like the people that did that movie while I was being investigated by Ronnie Earle, they were in violation of the grand jury process in Texas, that movie today is worthless. Because I'm gone. They can't raise money with it."
Comment: To see the movie DeLay was so frightened of, click here!
BH: "Let me just take you back if I can to the activities of a couple of your former aides. Do you feel some sense of responsibility that they took the turn that they took?"
Comment: So in Hume's mind - DeLay has done nothing wrong. The only thing poor sad wittle DeLay did was trust too much - awwwww!
TD: "Yeah, I obviously, they work for me, and when you're in the leadership office, this, it's a whirlwind everyday. And you hire people and trust them, because you've given them great responsibility to make certain decisions and yeah, it's very disappointing that that trust was misused, and obviously plead guilty to it, but I also know I have well over hundreds of good, strong people working for me, and have done a great job because I had the best staff on the hill."
Comment: The great, big love fest ended there, without one serious question being leveled at DeLay. The viewers who trust nothing but Fox, were left with DeLay's carefully crafted story and anything but the truth. For those that get their news from another source and actually know what's going on, could see the growing desperation and sheer insanity DeLay exuded. This was no interview - it was a scripted attempt for DeLay to keep his base's support and feed them a line, he "prays", they'll swallow - all with the help of Pravd... oops, I mean, Fox.
You can view the video here.