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Four Color Politics

Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Thursday, December 30, 2004

Quotes of the Morning: You May Experience DeLays

“The grand jury has indicted three of DeLay's political associates in connection with fundraising activities for a political action committee closely linked to DeLay.”
-Washington Post, November 18, 2004

“Well, surely justice will be done. And the Senate has rules that the Republicans pushed through years ago (in response to a corrupt Democrat) that will mean that DeLay will need to step down as Majority Leader if he is indicted, so that there will be no appearance of impropriety in the Senate. All good and above board. No politics here..”

“Emboldened by their election success, House Republicans changed their rules yesterday to allow Majority Leader Tom DeLay (Tex.) to keep his post even if a grand jury indicts him, and Senate GOP leaders continued to weigh changing long-standing rules governing filibusters to prevent Democrats from blocking President Bush's most conservative judicial nominees.”
-Washington Post, November 18, 2004

“Oh… Well, I mean, sure he keeps his job for now. Heh, it isn’t like an indictment is the same as being found guilty, so I’m sure that his case will be examined fairly in the House ethics committee to see whether he keeps his position.”

“House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert is leaning toward removing the House ethics committee chairman, who admonished House Majority Leader Tom DeLay this fall and has said he will treat DeLay like any other member, several Republican aides said yesterday.
Although Hastert (Ill.) has not made a decision, the expectation among leadership aides is that the chairman, Rep. Joel Hefley (R-Colo.), long at odds with party leaders because of his independence, will be replaced when Congress convenes next week.”
-Washington Post, December 28, 2004

“Yep.. They want to replace the House ethics committee chairman because he might be too, well, you know, ethical.. The most likely nominee for his job?

“The aides said a likely replacement is Rep. Lamar S. Smith, one of DeLay's fellow Texans, who held the job from 1999 to 2001. Smith wrote a check this year to DeLay's defense fund. An aide said Smith was favored for his knowledge of committee procedure.”
-Washington Post, December 28, 2004

“They don’t even try to hide it anymore. The greatest scandal of all is that they have effectively erased the concept of a scandal. They lie and cheat to your face and dare you to call them on it.”

“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was making the world believe that he didn’t exist.”
-Roger ‘Verbal’ Kint, The Usual Suspects


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