October 21, 2005

Delay for DeLay

Congressman Tom DeLay's (R-TX) arraignment was delayed today when Rep. DeLay's attorney asked for a new judge. The grounds for this request? Judge Bob Perkins is a Democrat, and he has contributed money to (guess who?) Democrats and to MoveOn. Rep. DeLay's attorney asserts that the congressman will not get a fair trial under a Democratic judge who has contributed to a liberal political action committee.

So let me get this straight. We are just supposed to sit back and accept the fact that President Bush and his congressional colleagues are going to pack the courts with conservative ideologues like Priscilla Owen, Janice Rogers Brown, and William Pryor, along with cronies like John Roberts and Harriet Miers. We are not supposed to ask for anything better from the President and his Republican Party, nor is the opposition party supposed to try to do anything about this court-packing. In effect, the Republican Party is telling us that we are to sit at the mercy of these ideologues' and cronies' authority -- and Rep. Tom DeLay has been one of the most vocal proponents of this idea. But when Rep. DeLay is supposed to be arraigned and go to trial before a Democratic judge -- well, that's different, by God! And what is it the conservatives are always saying about special rights?

Here's the way I see it. If the entire nation has to sit under the authority of Republican ideologues and Bush cronies, then I think Rep. Tom DeLay can sit under the authority of a Democratic judge in Texas. Just my two cents.