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BOSSIE: The lynching of Tom DeLay
Washington Times ^ | 12/2/10 | David N. Bossie

Posted on 12/02/2010 8:24:35 PM PST by FTJM

Around Washington, Rep. Tom DeLay was known as "the Hammer." It's a title he earned for his effective

ness when he served in the role of majority whip. The whip is the person tasked with counting votes and building support for legislation. As whip, Mr. DeLay was uniquely effective at enacting and implementing the Contract With America and key portions of the George W. Bush agenda. He also was able to flex his political muscle within the state of Texas to leave his mark on the redistricting process.

Tom DeLay was a very skilled politician. He understood the legislative and political processes better than most. However, his effectiveness put him squarely in the cross hairs of another effective politician: Ronnie Earle.

Mr. Earle isn't a player most Americans have heard of. He is neither a veteran member of Congress nor an influential lobbyist - he was the Travis County district attorney. In Texas, unlike other states, the district attorney in a county has statewide jurisdiction over public corruption crimes. Over the course of his three-decade-long career, Mr. Earle turned the power of his office against many politicians. The battles he waged against Republican politicians, including DeLay and Kay Bailey Hutchison, are infamous. They achieved this status not because of the facts of the cases, which were mediocre at best, or the strength of the legal arguments, but rather because Mr. Earle's targets were well-known public figures.

Mr. Earle's antics were very similar to those of former New York state Attorney General and disgraced Gov. Eliot Spitzer. Mr. Spitzer would choose high-profile Wall Street targets, announce in a grand spectacle to the press his intentions to investigate and prosecute them and then use the limelight to extract concessions and plea agreements from his targets.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: delay; ronnieearle; tomdelay

1 posted on 12/02/2010 8:24:40 PM PST by FTJM
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To: FTJM
In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, we were victorious, and the First Amendment was protected from attempts to criminalize the political process. In Ronnie Earle v. Tom DeLay, it appears Mr. Earle has carried the day for now. Though he is no longer the Travis County district attorney and failed in his run to become lieutenant governor of Texas, the case he engineered has resulted in the conviction of Tom DeLay. Mr. Earle succeeded in using the legal system for political purposes. Allowing the legal system to be abused in this fashion sets a very dangerous precedent.

David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United.

2 posted on 12/02/2010 8:27:20 PM PST by FTJM
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To: FTJM

Whatever you think about DeLay, he was an effective, conservative member of Congress. And he was taken down by a third-rate Democratic partisan hack DA in Travis County, Texas.


3 posted on 12/02/2010 8:27:44 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia
And he was taken down by a third-rate Democratic partisan hack DA in Travis County, Texas."

We need to return the favor tenfold against the surviving democrat thugs, too. It's the perfect thing for Tea Party folk to do during the coming year, bring suits against as many of these corrupt bastards as possible. We all know that every one of them is in the habit of being corrupt, so much so they don't even bother to cover their tracks half the time because they're sure nothing can be done to them.

It's time to burst their bubble and get several dozen or more of them put in prison on both the State and Federal level. Look, they can't even protect their own inside information, how can they hide from people with a burning desire to return to the Constitution rather than staying with the democrat nobility ruling us?

Regards

4 posted on 12/02/2010 8:34:05 PM PST by Rashputin (Barry is totally insane and being kept medicated and on golf courses to hide the fact)
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To: Rashputin; neverdem; narses

And Rangel (a black liberal criminal democrat - but I repeat myself) only needed to stand in front of the House (after getting re-elected) and accept a “censure..”

Funny, these democrats and their sense of “justice”


5 posted on 12/02/2010 8:37:49 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
And Rangel (a black liberal criminal democrat - but I repeat myself) only needed to stand in front of the House (after getting re-elected) and accept a “censure..”

Worse, Charlie had the cheek to observe that "censure was for corrupt Congressmen...and he wasn't one of those."

Anybody who would use a taxpayer-funded parking garage to store his Mercedes for six years at no cost to himself defines corruption.

6 posted on 12/02/2010 8:43:14 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: FTJM

Multi-tiered levels of reverse discrimination …
The deck was stacked against him, as with most all white Conservatives.
Had he been a black democrat, all would be hunky-dory.


7 posted on 12/02/2010 8:59:42 PM PST by Tagurit (Are your pigs fed, watered and ready to fly?)
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To: FTJM

Hey Governor Perry - issue an immediate pardon.


8 posted on 12/02/2010 10:07:34 PM PST by Enterprise (TSA - The Silly Agency)
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To: FTJM

BTTT


9 posted on 12/03/2010 10:16:52 AM PST by FTJM
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