Friday, March 12, 2004

Newtering Tom

Tom DeLay’s got trouble brewing back at home. According this article in Salon.com by Lou Dubose, “The GOP strongman’s political machine has stopped at nothing to extend its power. Now it’s facing indictments for violating Texas campaign finance laws.” This plays right into the strategy of Democrats running against both Bush and DeLay as proposed in this article from The Hill, courtesy of archy. This method was effective when Clinton ran ads gluing Newt Gingrich to Bob Dole in 1996. Bush can probably get away with the affable doofus act – mainly because it’s not an act – but Tom DeLay has a well-earned reputation as being mean-spirited and partisan to the extreme: remember, he was the one who engineered the Texas redistricting coup d’etat last summer. And while the chances are slim that DeLay will actually end up in the Rebar Hotel, indicting and prosecuting his cronies could Newter him. (No, I didn’t come up with that. Credit the headline writer at The Hill. But it’s too good to pass up.)