“As far as we can tell at the moment, DeLay appears to be yet another victim of the Democrats' politics of personal destruction--the only politics they know.”
I live only a few minutes away from Tom DeLay’s Texas office. He would be my congressman if only my family lived one mile further south. The man has indeed been unfairly victimized by a hostile media. Travis County's district attorney Ronnie Earle is an utter disgrace. There is no doubt that a Republican prosecutor could not get away with filing flimsy charges against a leading Democratic politician. Nevertheless, DeLay’s relationship with convicted criminal Jack Abramoff is more than enough to severely damage his reputation. Although I don’t even for a moment believe that DeLay broke the law---he unwittingly assisted the disgraced lobbyist in corrupting our political culture. It happened on the Texas congressman’s watch. This fact is beyond dispute.
Tom DeLay’s resignation will increase the likelihood of the Republicans holding onto the district. He will also no longer be a distraction during the 2006 election season. Republican candidates throughout the country can rest easier. This is a sad end to one of the most effective political careers in our nation’s history. It should remind those remaining in office to not be so trusting of wheeling and dealing lobbyists.