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Tom DeLay, the Clintons and the Irony of Bygones

Nine years ago, Tom DeLay led the charge to impeach the 42nd president of the United States. But that was then, and this is now, when the mighty have fallen and irony knows no bounds. (And when two former enemies are hell bent on knocking off the same GOP presidential candidate.)

On Thursday, DeLay, the former conservative firebrand from Texas, is due to speak to students at the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas about the 2008 Republican presidential nomination and his book, "No Retreat, No Surrender: One American's Fight" - a chunk of which chronicles the impeachment saga.

They may as well dub his lecture "Irony 101." Though it doesn't appear that DeLay plans to discuss such unpleasantness.

You can bet, however, that DeLay, who was forced to resign in 2006 amid a money-laundering indictment in Texas and a federal public corruption investigation, will continue taking swipes at his least favorite GOP presidential candidate: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Remember, it was McCain who helped crush the DeLay machine with his Senate committee investigation into the Jack Abramoff scandal. Hence, all the bitter rhetoric.

While it's hard to fathom the notion of Tom DeLay being welcome at any entity associated with "HillBilly," as DeLay calls Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton, there's really no better forum for McCain bashing than in Billaryland. McCain is, after all, the GOP candidate they fear most.

An email alert sent from the Clinton School says DeLay will be speaking about the '08 Republican presidential primary. Summarizing his bio, the school notes DeLay was elected to the House in 1984, rose to become minority whip and ultimately the majority leader. "He resigned his seat in 2006 after being indicted in Texas on conspiracy charges to violate election laws in a case that is still pending," the email says.

As you may have guessed, there is no mention of the "I" word or DeLay's role in it. Instead, the email notice mentions another more innocuous, yet geographically relevant, portion of the so-called Hammer's memoirs.

"In the book," goes the email, "DeLay briefly discusses moving at age five to Mount George, Ark., where his family owned a farm and raised chickens."

A source familiar with the speech says the Hammer, as he was known in the House, will also discuss "what HillBilly is capable of doing to secure" the Democratic nomination.

The irony of the venue for the speaking engagement isn't lost on DeLay and Co. DeLay spokeswoman Shannon Flaherty quipped, "I'm hearing Hillary's hoping this speech will distract Bill from hijacking her campaign." (To which we thought, "Too late!")

Flaherty promises plenty of fireworks for those of you looking for a reason to fly to Little Rock: "I don't think anyone will be caught snoozing at this event."

(For the record, DeLay won't be the first unlikely conservative guest to speak at the Clinton school, as you can see here).

By Mary Ann Akers  |  January 28, 2008; 10:20 AM ET
 
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Comments

Can anyone explain why the indictments of Delay in Texas have not gone forward?

Posted by: Anonymous | January 28, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Because the charges had no merit and were brought by a political hack because he was jealous of the great hammer. Democrats using the courts to try and overturn elections since 1776.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 28, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Well the indictment has not gone any further because DeLay's lawyers are doing all they can to "delay" the proceedings. They believe the public will forget what this little trol disenfranchised many Texans from their voting rights by redrawing election districts. DeLay is a crook and wannabe elitist who forgets his own roots in his disguting attempt to impose his Rovesque vision of a McKinley Presidency and America. Thank goodness the robber barons usually get their's in the end. Plus the holier than thou in your face fundamentalism they espouse is an affront to every American of every stripe and color.

Posted by: Paul | January 28, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Delay is a disgrace to his office and to the USA. Anyone who thinks different is either a moron or a republican. Sorry for being redundant.

Posted by: TM | January 28, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

delay live with sword die by sword. he tried to derail clinton's succsses cause erpublicans only thing the can do be stupid or backwards tom justice has all the time on its side send u cigs

Posted by: greek | January 28, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

DeLay is a corrupt, venal individual who won "Worst Legislator of the Year" from Texas Monthly REPEATEDLY, then was swept to Washington on the waves of 'Republican Revolution'...and proved to be a WORSE US rep than state Rep.
His role in the illegal and HUGELY partisan redistricting of Texas stole the vote from millions of Texansm whose votes no longer mattered due to DeLay's felonious and un-American plan.
Insofar as the second responder claptrap about courts, DeLay needs to go to PRISON.

Posted by: Bryan | January 29, 2008 7:22 AM | Report abuse

what elections since 1776? am i missing something?

Posted by: don from nh | January 29, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Delay's Texas redistricting divided Austin into three separate districts, one of them containing a very narrow strip extending to Houston (180 miles) and another narrow one down to Laredo (even further). This corrupt little yes, troll about describes it, is the most disgusting slime ever to set sucker pad in the political arena. And unbelievable though it may seem, he actually feels sorry for himself!!! LOL!!!

Posted by: John Robey | January 29, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Washington Post readers may learn about lawyer - lobbyist (and criminal) Jack Abramoff's role in expanding the controversial H-1B visa program by googling on the phrase "Abramoff Visa." Former Rep. Tom DeLay played a significant role in helping Microsoft Corporation - and other "high tech" employer interests - to procure three beneficial [to employers] changes to H-1B legislation in 1996, 1998, and 2000. See my just - released article in The Social Contract "The Greedy Gates Immigration Gambit" for ten pages of detailed information. Select the PDF version from this link. http://www.thesocialcontract.com/artman2/publish/tsc_18_1/tsc_18_1_nelson.shtml

This scandal is still alive today. Even with a recession and high levels of unemployment among experienced American citizen technical professionals, employer interests still are demanding increases to the H-1B visa cap. One of the original members of "Team Abramoff," Attorney Michael J. Smith at Cornerstone Government Affairs is lobbyinging for Microsoft to obtain more "fresh young (inexpensive) blood" via the H-1B visa program. See Mike's bio (which omits important details such as his Greenberg Traurig employment - or that he was a member of "Team Abramoff".) http://www.cgagroup.com/staffContent.aspx?id=20&pid=1

Posted by: Dr. Gene Nelson | January 29, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

I think we have a consensus on one of the most disgusting politicians of our generation, Tom Delay. Gingritch, Delay and the pond slime of American politics, Karl Rove, have set our nation backwards. The Taliban would welcome these perverts; they are their kind of scum.
I write this while trying to stay calm and cordial. What an effort; I am exhausted.

Posted by: sd-mouth | January 30, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

"Democrats using the courts to try and overturn elections since 1776."

Honey bunny, the Democratic Party did not exist in 1776.

Posted by: violet | February 4, 2008 2:21 AM | Report abuse

Political prosecutions are rarely successful.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 5, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I am no Tom Delay fan. I disagree with most of his positions. But, to be fair, the charges against him were always manufactured. Ronnie Earl only claimed jurisdiction because Delay traveled through his district. What nonsense.

The purpose of the charges were to get Delay out of congress which the Democrats could never do via the ballot box. Isn't that really sad? I mean, if you don't like Delay, run a viable candidate against him. Don't get a hack to cook up rediculous charges. by the way, if you check Ronnie Earl's record he has done this many times (e.g. his failed case against Kay Bailey Hutchinson).

Posted by: David | February 11, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

One other point: many of the complaints in this comment list is about Delay's efforts to force redistricing of districts in Texas. So what? It was perfectly legal and has been done by both parties for time immemorial.

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