Tom DeLay is movie villian evil
You know the requisite scene in sci-fi and fantasy movies where the bad guy, to show that he is Pure Evil and Will Stop at Nothing, kills one of his sniveling minions to keep the rest in line? Well, that's how Tom DeLay runs Congress. In today's Austin Chronicle, there's an interview with Louis Dubose, who has a new book out about DeLay, where he details exactly what an evil motherfucker DeLay is. In midst of revelations about how DeLay will destroy someone just for hiring a Democrat, how he lies to cover up the fact that he still drinks, how this good Christian helped keep garment workers locked up in a factory where they were forced into prostitution and forced to have abortions, how his main obsession is destroying the EPA, we also learn how DeLay keeps moderate Republicans in line with his hard right agenda by destroying anyone who opposes him.
What were the 24 Republican moderates who were Northeast? – the Patrick Shays Republicans, the Peter Kings, they had a bloc that could have controlled the Congress, but this guy cowed them. Like Marge Roukema, she wasn't as tough as these guys, but DeLay went out and recruited [a primary opponent], gave money to the Club for Growth, $50,000, encouraged someone to run against her, denied her a chairmanship. So you sort of make a sacrificial lamb out of the weakest member of what is the so-called mainstream caucus, the Wednesday Caucus, the Lunch Bunch – Ornstein calls them the "Wuss Caucus," which they are, they're cowards. They had the power – Jim Leach, the independent from the Middle West, from Iowa – even though he voted against the war, in the end they do DeLay's deals.
It's interesting to me that people are up in arms about what DeLay just said about Kos. Understandably, they think that DeLay is accusing Kos of raising money for terrorists when he says something like this:
"LaRouche is a con felon and all I can tell you is that Mr. Morrison has supported and campaigned with LaRouche followers and Mr. Morrison also has taken money and is working with the Daily Kos, which is an organization that raises money for fighters against the U.S. in Iraq," said DeLay.
But I do think that DeLay means Democrats when he says "fighters against the U.S.", though clearly he's trying to get his audience to think of terrorists. To DeLay, Democrats are not real Americans. He certainly treats Democrats as if they are a greater threat than terrorists, which sort of makes sense if you realize that he's an armageddon Christian who thinks that anyone who advocates for a Palestinian state is preventing Christ's return to Earth. Viewing it from that angle, Democrats are worse than terrorists because while terrorists want to bring down America, Democrats want to bring down God, a slightly higher offense.
As you can imagine, Texas politics right now are at a little scary and need some closer national attention. So here's some other articles from the Chronicle about Texas politics for those who are interested in how fucked-up the people running the country are. Here's one about the peril of fascism in little bitty Crawford, TX, and one about how the redistricting will probably shake out in the election.
Edited to add: DeLay is evil, but Bush still pulls through as a winner.
Cross posted at XX.