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Posted at 1:01 PM ET, 01/13/2011

Tom DeLay blames liberals for sentencing (Video)

By Melissa Bell

Tom DeLay is not letting any jail sentence -- or the tragedy in Tucson -- hold him back from blaming liberals for the outcome of his trial for money laundering. On the "Today" show, DeLay told Matt Lauer that the trial was a political campaign against him. Lauer switched the focus from the trial to Tucson and asked DeLay whether he has any regrets about blocking stronger gun control laws while in Congress. "Gun control and grandstanding doesn't help anybody," DeLay said.

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Tom Delay it's time to put you away. Law and order cries out for your immediate incarceration, you criminal cockroach. Your fat, lily white behind needs to do its time behind bars, sans alcohol, but you'll have all your loving buddies if you get the drift, and aren't as dense as you like to make out. A Texas jury convicted you buddy, not the lefty liberals. So quit with the whining about how you were "framed", and take it like a real Texas man with his pair of cajones intact, but your current wussy-ness leaves some of us in doubt about your Texas manhood. Yeehaw Tommy boy!

Posted by: paulusarchitect | January 13, 2011 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Of course he is innocent. I worked at a correctional facility for many many years and I never met a guilty inmate. So give the guy a break. Of course, now he will have plenty of time to practice his dancing...with bubba no doubt.

Posted by: tonyc6 | January 13, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Of course he is innocent. I worked at a correctional facility for many many years and I never met a guilty inmate. So give the guy a break. Of course, now he will have plenty of time to practice his dancing...with bubba no doubt.

Posted by: tonyc6 | January 13, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse


TO: kiltedknight who wrote:
Posted by: lindalovejones
Republicans = Lie and Deny, and never willing to take personal responsibility.

It’s ALWAYS somebody else’s fault.
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How one-sided of you, linda. The Democrats do exactly the same thing..."

If I hear that one more time I’m gonna puke.

Do Republicans even act of responsibility that they will admit to, cause I’ve never heard one. It’s either “they do it too” or an outright denial of the obvious with Republicans.

It’s been more than a decade since Bill Clinton utter those words, so Democrats being completely clean all these years makes me happy, but we can’t say the same for the GOP.

As far as I can see, the GOP owns incendiary speech, or hate speech, and they’re good at it, along with being at least convincing liars.

“Far-lefties blame crosshairs on Palin's map, but seem to forget about the DLC's targets a few years prior…”

Forgotten? I’ve never seen nor heard of any DLC (what’s that stand for) “targets”, and have especially not seen or heard of any Democrat targets with rifle cross-hairs painted on a map, or anything else of the sort coming from Democrats, never.

The rest of the empty allegations have been puked on.


Posted by: lindalovejones | January 13, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Just, Ms. DeLay. You're going a tight end, gonna come out a wider receiver.

Posted by: Garak | January 13, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I caught DeLay's performance on the Today show this morning. WOW! This guy is quite a piece of work!

He says he was convicted by a "liberal" jury in the most "liberal county in the nation!" No doubt that Austin and environs is more liberal than say, Crawford, TX, but most liberal in the nation??? I'm betting that there are many more counties/regions far more liberal. He says that the jury foreman was a member of the Green Party. Such arguments totally miss the point, as if any of his whining proves that that foreman and that jury couldn't and didn't make a fair and rational decision based upon the facts.

Hey, Tom! How about this??? You broke the law, THAT'S why you were convicted.

I must admit that I often criticize those who go on about their emotional reactions to politicians, as if their "sharing" adds anything to the discourse (like I care!). I usually construe someone saying that "Obama/Palin/(you-fill-in-the-blank!) makes me sick to my stomach" as a confession of irrationality. OK, so color me guilty now: I'll confess that my seeing/hearing DeLay this morning did provoke an actual, unpleasant physical sensation. For the record, I really don't have that reaction to other persons (not to Obama, not to Palin . . .), wherever they dwell on the political spectrum. But this guy? (involuntary shudder . . .) But I'm working on overcoming it.

Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | January 13, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Tom, all 6 of us commie liberals down here made damn sure we fixed THAT jury.

The amusing and amazing thing about DeLay is, as arrogant and bullying a man he was when in power, he has sure become a whiner and a weasel when he's been called out.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | January 13, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

So this republicon is a victim of the liberals, socialists, and communists who walk among us. Stand-up and take it like a man twinkle toes. JUSTICE FOR ALL!

Posted by: whocares666 | January 13, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

DeLay: Liberals ganged up on me
=================================
He'll know the real meaning of ganging up in the prison!

Posted by: kishorgala | January 13, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Man up, DeLay! You were convicted by a jury of your peers because you were a crook. I am proud of my fellow Texans for doing their duty. When you were on top, you abused your power. Show that you stand for more than just greed and corruption, and do your time like a man.

Posted by: bobg1 | January 13, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: lindalovejones
> Republicans = Lie and Deny, and never willing to take personal responsibility.
>
> It’s ALWAYS somebody else’s fault.

How one-sided of you, linda. The Democrats do exactly the same thing... "I did not have sex with that woman," for example. This is a symptom of ALL politicians, regardless of party affiliation. They are far more concerned with blaming someone else instead of taking a look in the mirror and fixing their own houses first. You see the same issue with the tragedy in Tucson. Far-lefties blame crosshairs on Palin's map, but seem to forget about the DLC's targets a few years prior. Both sides have talking heads who are way out there, claiming they do no such thing as incendiary speech while the other side does, yet their entire job as political commentators is just that... to create incendiary speech. The problem is, neither of them choose their words in the wisest fashion... or some might say that they do in order to achieve the results that they want.

What needs to end is the hyper-partisanship that became far more evident in the late 1990's running through the 2000's and up to now, and yes, the Democrats are very much guilty of it as are the Republicans.

Rep. Giffords, by all reports, is a person who tried not to be out on the fringe and tried as much as possible to meet with her constituents and listen to them so she could better represent them and their views. Were the rest of Congress like that, we might not be in quite the mess we are in now. Want to honor her? Try to be like her.

Posted by: kiltedknight | January 13, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I thought that sentencing is typically harsher for convicted defendants who refuse to acknowledge their crimes and show no remorse.

Instead, here, we got a very light sentence, then the opportunity to badmouth the justice system on national TV.

I'm having a hard time seeing the punishment at work here.

Posted by: genarocarson | January 13, 2011 3:35 PM | Report abuse

But the prisons are already infested with roaches!

Posted by: kishorgala | January 13, 2011 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Oh boo hoo hoo - those godless, socialist, marxist, communist, bed-wetting, gay, Mulsim, Mexican, Kenyan liberal b!tches set him up.
Posted by: areyousaying
***************
bed-wetting?

Posted by: overed | January 13, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Shut your piehole and go away, Bug Man!

Posted by: DrainYou | January 13, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Tom DeLay could have gotten sentenced to life. Instead he got 3 years prison time with 10 years probation.

DeLay got off light. So, if liberals are to "blame" he should be thanking us.

Republicans = Lie and Deny, and never willing to take personal responsibility.

It’s ALWAYS somebody else’s fault.


Posted by: lindalovejones | January 13, 2011 3:25 PM | Report abuse

That was great. I laughed so hard I cried. Thanks Tommy D.

Posted by: mjwies11 | January 13, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Tom DeLay could have gotten sentenced to life. Instead he got 3 years prison time with 10 years probation.

DeLay got off light. So, if liberals are to "blame" he should be thanking us.

Republicans = Lie and Deny, and never willing to take personal responsibility.

It’s ALWAYS somebody else’s fault.


Posted by: lindalovejones | January 13, 2011 3:21 PM | Report abuse

DeLay got off lightly for his misdeeds for which he needs to take responsibility instead of accusing someone else.

Posted by: kms123 | January 13, 2011 3:21 PM | Report abuse

DeLay, a rogue politician, got off lightly for his misdeeds for which he needs to take responsibility instead of accusing someone else.

Posted by: kms123 | January 13, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Liberals are to blame.

And the Devil made Tom DeLay do it.

DeLay is a prime example of why people should take serious precautions when handling pesticides.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | January 13, 2011 3:17 PM | Report abuse

So Tom DeLay (previously known as The Hammer) is crying the liberals ganged up on him. Really Tom, weak kneed, wishy-washy liberals?

Sounds like Tom was showing us what he really was when he appeared on Dancing With the Stars: Twinkle Toes.

Chin up, Tom, you can use the next 3 years applying your skills as a pest exterminator to held rid the prison of cockroaches and other vermin. Earn a few attaboys and get some time off your sentence.

See ya around Tom!

Posted by: apspa1 | January 13, 2011 3:16 PM | Report abuse

DeLay is a dispicable excuse for a man. Part of the Congressional criminal class. As usual they won't take responsibility. Coward.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 13, 2011 3:12 PM | Report abuse

What a coward...!

Send him to Afghanistan!!

Posted by: pdq5 | January 13, 2011 3:05 PM | Report abuse

RE: Sales7: DeLay's crime occurred in TEXAS. He illegally laundered TEXAS money in order to impact elections held in TEXAS in order to create Republican majorities in the TEXAS legislature (located in Austin, where the trial occurred) that could then gerrymander the Congressional districts in TEXAS so that more Republican House members from TEXAS could be sent to Washington. A TEXAS prosecutor, a TEXAS jury, and a TEXAS judge prosecuted the case, found him guilty, and sentenced him to a 3-year prison term in a TEXAS jail and 10 years probation.

Seems to me that TEXAS has proven itself capable of handling the Hammer. He was a skilled political manipulator; as a criminal mastermind, not so much.

Posted by: morehallbob | January 13, 2011 3:04 PM | Report abuse

***If this trial have taken place anywhere other than Travis County, there would not have been a conviction***

And if the dog hadn't stopped to poop he'd have caught the rabbit. Way to blame everybody else for your own stupidity, Tom Delay.

Posted by: Jerryvov | January 13, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

The slimeball fought the law and the law won. Who cares what a convicted criminal says? End of story.

Posted by: klakey1 | January 13, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Typical Republican "victim" stance - and always refusing to accept reponsibility for their own actions.

Posted by: angie12106 | January 13, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Typical Republican "victim" stance - and always blaming others.

Posted by: angie12106 | January 13, 2011 2:56 PM | Report abuse

When politicians say such stupid things without fear of ridicule I think it says a lot about this country, none of it good.

Posted by: gpsman | January 13, 2011 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Which liberal was it that caused Tom DeLay to launder money? Tom DeLay could have gotten life for his crimes, instead he got 3 years prison time with 10 years probation.

DeLay got off very light. So, if liberals are to "blame" for his light sentence, he should be thanking us.

Tom DeLay sounds even more silly than he looked on DWTS.

Texas is a solidly Republican State. If Tom DeLay couldn't get off in Texas then he must be completely and undeniably guilty of his crimes so much so that the judge and the jury had no choice but to convict him.

I find it somewhat amusing that DeLay would be found guilty of corruption and then call everyone else corrupt.


Posted by: lindalovejones | January 13, 2011 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Jeezus H Chrismas, what a lily-livered pussy!!!

Take responsibility for your actions like a true "conservative" instead of sounding like another narcissistic whining victim.

What a POS ...

Posted by: fendertweed | January 13, 2011 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Actually, sir, it was your fellow Texans that convicted you. Your piers. As you have had very little respect for them in the past, I don't see why you would have any respect for their decision now.

From the party of responsibility, "it ain't my fault."

Posted by: Deadguy | January 13, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Yet again, the Party that touts "personal responsibility" and "tradition values," manages to blame everybody else.

This is pathetic.

Posted by: inplants | January 13, 2011 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Delay --- Just another slash & burn partisan-turned-crybaby when the tables are turned on him. Maybe he can have a chat with Sarah Palin as to which one of them is the bigger victim.

Posted by: tzem | January 13, 2011 2:43 PM | Report abuse

DeLay's intent was corrupt, and he relied on attorneys and accountants to ensure his actions were legal.
What he forgot was that the attorneys and accountants got paid, and did not have to stand trial.
"The Hammer" is now "The Nail".

Posted by: OldUncleTom | January 13, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Is this idiotic felon genetically related to Loughner and Palin?
Right-wing retards never take responsibility for their acts. Delay will go to the slammer because of misspending funds for political reasons.
Now the question is, are we going to nullify the seats fraudulently redistricted by Felon Delay?

Posted by: analyst72 | January 13, 2011 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Amazing. So Delay's argument is that the prosecutor, the prosecutor's office, the judge and jury were all liberals who somehow conspired to convict him. Wow! So he's pretty much blaming the whole legal system.

According to this logic, he would only be tried fairly by conservatives, if at all. I'm glad this conservative has such faith in one of freedoms guaranteed by the constitution.

Posted by: MW11 | January 13, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Right now is probably not the time to be borrowing a page from Sarah P.'s playbook.

Just sayin'.

Posted by: karlmarx2 | January 13, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Yeah right, and liberals made you take all that money, your a corrupt and true embarassment to America.

You are supposed to be a leader in our great country, and you turn out to be a crook.

Throw away the key-

Posted by: weaverf | January 13, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

"De librulls" iz at fault.

I'm sure DeLay had to launder money to keep "de librulls" in deir place and now dey making him pay for it. It's all their fault.

Dem "librulls!"

Wha'sup with these people like DeLay that just - don't - get - it.

***

Posted by: Evenfoolsarerightsometimes | January 13, 2011 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Oh boo hoo hoo - those godless, socialist, marxist, communist, bed-wetting, gay, Mulsim, Mexican, Kenyan liberal b!tches set him up.

Posted by: areyousaying | January 13, 2011 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Man up, Tom Delay!

Posted by: Observer691 | January 13, 2011 2:24 PM | Report abuse

"De librulls" is at fault.

I'm sure DeLay had to launder money (break the law) to keep "de librulls" in deir place and now dey making him pay for it. It's all their fault.

Dem "librulls!"

These people just don't get it.

***

Posted by: Evenfoolsarerightsometimes | January 13, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Texas has a different system where the district attorney or Travis County (Austin, TX) goes after politicians regardless where they live in Texas. Ronnie Earle tried 4 times until he finally got a grand jury to indict. The questions in the appeal process will be if the Texas law in question was in effect at the time that Delay did the so-called money laudering. If this trial have taken place anywhere other than Travis County, there would not have been a conviction.

Posted by: sales7 | January 13, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Old Tom doesn't have anyone to blame except himself. But he'll never admit that.

Posted by: dvh123 | January 13, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I presume he's including the jury who convicted him. In which case, he probably should have dealt with that during voir dire.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | January 13, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Mr. DeLay has a disproportionate sense of entitlement and an anti-social personality disorder.

He didn't care WHO he threw under the bus to get where he got.

enjoy prison.

Posted by: vigor | January 13, 2011 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I think Tom delays arrogance and greed ganged up on him...the man could not help himself!!

Posted by: ruthella10 | January 13, 2011 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Our parents taught us if we don't do anything we can't be blamed for anything. They always use to say to us "I don't want to hear that so and so got you in trouble -what were you doing and/or why were you there?" Of course we never had an answer and had to take our punishment. Too bad Delay's parents didn't teach him better:).

Posted by: rlj1 | January 13, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

What a typical tea-bagger republican; blame every one else for his actions!
I hope he takes it in the @$$ repeatedly during his incarceration.

Posted by: jeffc6578 | January 13, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Which liberal was it that caused Tom DeLay to launder money? Tom DeLay could have gotten life for his crimes, instead he got 3 years prison time with 10 years probation.

DeLay got off very light. So, if liberals are to "blame" for his light sentence, he should be thanking us.

Tom DeLay sounds even more silly than he looked on DWTS.


Posted by: lindalovejones | January 13, 2011 1:59 PM | Report abuse


Which liberal was it that caused Tom DeLay to launder money? Tom DeLay could have gotten life for his crimes, instead he got 3 years prison time with 10 years probation.

DeLay got of light. So, if liberals are to "blame" for his light sentence, he should be thanking us.

Tom DeLay sounds even more silly than he looked on DWTS.


Posted by: lindalovejones | January 13, 2011 1:58 PM | Report abuse

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