Wednesday, April 13, 2005

The 1967 movie "A Guide to the Married Man" is a comedy about men cheating on their wives. In one scene, a wife walks in on her husband and his lover in bed. She rails at him, but he never says a word, just gets dressed and goes into another room where he sits down with the evening paper. He doesn't utter that canard, "Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?" but that's the point. And after awhile, the wife decides not to believe her lying eyes and asks what he wants for dinner.
Wish I could ask Tom DeLay if he's seen that movie, because it embodies his modus operandus. A recent Associated Press article detailed two fund-raising memos from his office:
One fund-raiser wrote, "What companies that you know of would be interested in tort reform in Texas with asbestos problems?" His memo was prospecting for donors to the Texans for a Republican Majority Political Action Committee, or TRMPAC.
The memo got an answer identifying several large companies and interest groups nationwide, the documents show. ...
Other fund-raising memos mention that Texas racetrack owners needed state permission for video gambling, that banks wanted new Texas home-lending rules and that energy firms wanted less regulation.

DeLay's spokesman responded that "These memos already have been covered in the press, and the conclusions being reached are speculative and unsubstantiated."
In other words, are you going to believe me or your lying eyes? I've watched many a cop show where the drug dealer handed over the goods, took money, and got arrested. The two situations seem analogous to me.
It turns out, though, that 42 percent of Americans aren't even sure who Mr. DeLay is. That's according to an editorial in this morning's Post that lays out the case against him.
So. Maybe it's still too early to successfully get him boosted out of the House Majority Leader position. In fact, some Congressional Dems want him to stay. They'd prefer to have him to point their fingers at when they're campaigning next year.


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