Monday, April 25, 2005

DeLay of Justice?

This long-time congressional representative made a name for himself in Washington with his bombastic rhetoric, endearing him to Rush Limbaugh and neo-conservatives across the nation with his biting criticism of the federal government and the Democratic House leadership.

Unfortunately, staffers of the Congressman caught the attention of prosecutors who began investigating the staffers for being "bag men" for monied interests. The Congressman was outraged at the obvious partisan legal campaign to take him down. That just caused the investigation to take a turn for the worse as staffer after staffer turned on the Congressman, giving evidence of influence peddling in return of free meals and personal services.

The Congressman valiantly tried to circle his supporters around his cause declaring that the prosecution was an effort of the federal government to silence his political views. Eventually, a trickle of news stories lead to the public airing of witnesses and documents creating a trail of influence buying of the Congressman. Eventually, the Congressman was able to get some key Republican figures to circle the wagons to make one last stand, not in the courtroom, but in the political arena.

But it was all for naught. The House of Representatives expelled Jim Traficant anyway. Sound familiar?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sorry to be a grammar prude, but that's "all for naught", not "all for not"...

Modern Esquire said...

Gracias.... note the "product of public education" disclaimer at the top.

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I'm enjoying your blog, but please don't misuse the term "neoconservative". Whatever the faults of the neocons, they aren't closely tied to Limbaugh, DeLay, or Traficant.

Modern Esquire said...

"Neo-con" like many political monikers has a subjective meaning. I use the term to distinguish the conservatives of the type behind the 1994 Contract with America from the Wm. F. Buckley-type of conservative moment.

Closely tied or not, DeLay and Limbaugh are considered neo-cons, and I didn't mean to use the term perjoratively.