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Tom's Texas Trash Talking

NRO's Media Blog recaps Rep. Tom DeLay's appearance on CNN's Situation Room (with video), were he attacks DA Ronnie Earle as a as a vicious partisan. Stephen Spruiell's opinion is the Earle's battle is over - he won by getting an indictment - and it's all over for him from here on out.

While DeLay may be feeling a bit emboldened by the revelations about Earle (movie crews?), TalkLeft's Jeralyn Merritt (herself a criminal defense attorney), has some pretty good advice for DeLay.

Memo from TalkLeft to Mr. DeLay: If you want to keep your lawyer, who is the finest you will ever get, pay attention to - and give primary consideration to - what he tells you over and above what your political advisors and p.r. people tell you. Your lawyer is concerned about your legal liability and your exposure to a jail sentence. Your P.R. people are concerned about re-establishing your reputation once you are found not guilty. Without a great lawyer behind you, that day may never come for you. Lawyers don't like it when their clients speak to the media out of turn. Especially when they brag like children on a school playground: "My lawyer's better than your lawyer, nah-nah." It's also pretty low class.

Your best bet is to act humbly, like a wrongfully charged man, and simply say have confidence that your lawyer will straighten this all out so that the people finally know the truth. And don't say what that truth is, in case, it doesn't come to pass the way you are hoping.

Given the Texas-sized ego's involved I somehow anyone involved in this case is going to go silent.


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Comments (16)

Does anybody think Earle ca... (Below threshold)

Does anybody think Earle came out with the indictment now because he wants an ending to the movie?

If there is substance to th... (Below threshold)

If there is substance to the charges, he should stay silent. However, this looks like just another political stunt by an overzealous Democratic prosecutor. The only way to defeat him is for Delay to take his case to the airwaves. Otherwise Delay gets his name drug through the mud and takes political hits when in the end the charges won’t stick. Remember the ”travel gate” scandal. Delay took hits on that when it standard practice and about everyone did it.

Perhaps the most contentiou... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Perhaps the most contentious and important issue in this case will be whether or not we capitalize the "L" in DeLay or leave it lower case.

(Sounds like worthy and good advice from Merritt.)

Every time I log out of my ... (Below threshold)

Every time I log out of my hotmail account msn.com has some new top story; even with hurricanes and events where hundreds of people die they at least change the headline and the picture every few hours or so.

For 48 hours they've been stuck on one they apparently like: an unflattering photo of Tom DeLay with the headline, "DeLay Indicted."

(Okay, I just checked and in the time it took me to type this they changed it to a bird flu story, but 48 hours is quite a run for them.)

I think that if DeLay doesn't speak out the media will gladly convict him in the court of public opinion and ruin his career. And they don't call him "the Hammer" for being bashful.

Listening to one's lawyer i... (Below threshold)

Listening to one's lawyer is good advice but it is not the only advice. Seeing as DeLay supposedly has a superb attorney, it would be the best advice to heed his mouthpiece.

Having said that and considering Earle's baggage, a strong, aggressive response (if one is confident of the law) is the more appropriate tack. Not braggadocio, mind you, but calculated and strong retorts. This is a public opinion battle where the adversaries are getting defined. DeLay cannot afford to yield and allow the press and the Democrats to further make him synonymous with "felon". A resurrection from character assassination is practically impossible to overcome, particularly in national politics. DeLay would be foolish to sit on his hands unless he absolutely must.

Empty charges, if they are indeed empty, need to be met with repeated response. His message must cut through the din of hyenas.

Agreed that he should fight... (Below threshold)

Agreed that he should fight the legal and PR battle simultaneously, loud and clear.

Okay, it was my browser cac... (Below threshold)

Okay, it was my browser cache and not msn.com, but it's never done that before. Obviously Mozilla Firefox is a purveyor of liberal propoganda, too.

RE: jc's post (September 30... (Below threshold)

RE: jc's post (September 30, 2005 03:04 PM)

[SHIFT + Reload] to request a new page and flush the upstream caches (well, the local ones anyway). A caching proxy might still feed you a dated page so it is not guaranteed to work - most of the time it does.

I thought it was refreshing... (Below threshold)

I thought it was refreshing to finally hear a Republican respond to the relentless baying at his heels with "This is Bull***t"(paraphrased).
In fact, if that was the only response any of the Repubs gave to every question from the media or the Dems for a couple of weeks, I'd be willing to watch cable news again. It would make the next Supreme Court Justice hearings a lot more watchable, too.

Ronnie Earle's modus operan... (Below threshold)

Ronnie Earle's modus operandi is to use the media to absolutely drag his victim through the mud. He did that with Jim Maddox, Gib Lewis and Kay Bailey Hutchinson. Maddox and Hutchinson were acquitted. Lewis pleaded no contest and paid a $2000 fine (shows how serious the charges were) and was forced out of politics.

After Kay Bailey was acquitted (because chicken-you-know-what Ronnie Earle refused to put on evidence before an empaneled jury because the judge wouldn't pre-rule on an evidentiary matter) he took the press across the street to the Stephen F. Austin Hotel and put on the case for them without Kay having the opportunity to refute him.

Ronnie Earle has friends at the American Statesman to whom he leaks information. They are, essentially in cahoots with him and eagerly help him convict his victims in the court of public opinion.

Jeralyn is correct, in general. However, Ronnie Earle has, to my knowledge, never won a high-profile case like Delay's before a jury. His only success has been to slime his victims in the media. Given that history, Delay may be pursuing the correct strategy by pre-empting the only court in which Earle has had success--the media.

The indictment in Delay's case does not seem supportable as a matter of law, nor do I believe that he broke the law. I know that some consider him a liability--and perhaps he is.

That said, Ronnie Earle should not be allowed to continue in manner that he has for the past 3 decades. I am more interested in this case causing his downfall than in Tom Delay being saved. I hope that Delay's case will engineer that result.

The entire episode is prett... (Below threshold)

The entire episode is pretty discusting. There is nothing here that both sides are not doing. Whether it is legal or not, I do not know. I do know that this is only more partisan politics which does nothing for the good of our country. Earle is a hack, But there are hacks on both sides. I am frustrated with both sides and more frustrated with the "elite media" portraying the right as the bad guys so blatantly without reporting accurately what the left is advocating. We have a constitution. I don't think anyone in the "mainstream media" has read it.

Makes me just want to find a mountaintop, arm myself, and get away from it all. I often wonder about the half of the country who refuse to vote. That is the real majority in this country. I submit to you that those are the people who are armed and just want to live their lives, without the corrupt influences of our "leaders". They are only hoping they will not be pushed far enough to have to revolt.

NativeAmerican, speaking ge... (Below threshold)

NativeAmerican, speaking generally and not about Tom Delay, I understand the urge to disconnect from all corruption. Reminds me of Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" which I read in my teens: the most productive, decent people got fed up and decided to make their own little Utopia in a hidden valley, and just let the rest of the world sink. But the ending was such a downer. So then I looked at an alternative - why allow the few troublemakers on Earth to spoil life for the rest of us; why not contribute to a spiritual evolution instead. I don't mean simply going to a church, but actual betterment of viewpoint. There are many ways to do it. From being a good school teacher, really teaching kids how to read (instead of covering up faulty teaching with excuses like "dyslexia", "ADD", "XYZ," then drugging children) - to running for office yourself and setting things straight - to investigating and exposing corruption - even sitting on a mountaintop, looking at trouble spots and fixing them by pure intention! :)

When things looked bad, a g... (Below threshold)

When things looked bad, a good friend used to quote this Robert Service poem to me:

"When you're lost in the Wild, and you're scared as a child,
And Death looks you bang in the eye,
And you're sore as a boil, it's according to Hoyle
To cock your revolver and... die.
But the Code of a Man says: "Fight all you can,"
And self-dissolution is barred.
In hunger and woe, oh, it's easy to blow...
It's the hell-served-for-breakfast that's hard.

"You're sick of the game!" Well, now, that's a shame.
You're young and you're brave and you're bright.
"You've had a raw deal!" I know -- but don't squeal,
Buck up, do your damnedest, and fight.
It's the plugging away that will win you the day,
So don't be a piker, old pard!
Just draw on your grit; it's so easy to quit:
It's the keeping-your-chin-up that's hard.

It's easy to cry that you're beaten -- and die;
It's easy to crawfish and crawl;
But to fight and to fight when hope's out of sight --
Why, that's the best game of them all!
And though you come out of each gruelling bout,
All broken and beaten and scarred,
Just have one more try -- it's dead easy to die,
It's the keeping-on-living that's hard."


(Or to paraphrase the last line -
It's the living on the same planet with assholes that's hard! Hee hee.)

Tom Delay almost single-han... (Below threshold)

Tom Delay almost single-handedly turned the state of Texas from solidly Democrat to overwhelmingly Republican. That is why he was indicted. Simple retribution. Remember, politics ain't beanbag.

Why is it members of The Stupid Party consider their best bare-knuckled political brawler a liability?
If we had ten more Tom Delays in Washington, many of the current Democratic leaders would now be enjoying their retirement from political life.

Thanks, AnonymousDrivel.</p... (Below threshold)

Thanks, AnonymousDrivel.

Off-Topic: Speaking of Fire Fox and "propoganda", Google "spellbound spell checker" for a Fire Fox plug-in so you can spell check your comments at blogs that don't have built-in spell checkers (like Wizbang).

The attack on Delay continu... (Below threshold)

The attack on Delay continues: 10/3/05 "Grand Jury Re-Indicts DeLay on New Charge" reported by APnews:

"A Texas grand jury on Monday re-indicted Rep. Tom DeLay on charges of conspiring to launder money and money laundering after the former majority leader attacked last week's indictment on technical grounds.

The new indictment, handed up by a grand jury seated Monday, contains two counts: conspiring to launder money and money laundering. The latter charge carries a penalty of up to life in prison. Last week, DeLay was charged with conspiracy to violate campaign finance laws.

Defense lawyers asked a judge Monday to throw out the first indictment, arguing that the charge of conspiring to violate campaign finance laws was based on a statute that didn't take effect until 2003 - a year after the alleged acts."






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