|Taking a Bullet
||[Jan. 10th, 2005|10:54 pm]
Clean The House: Government Ethics Watch
Some Republican member of the House of Representatives last week said that Tom DeLay took a bullet for the Party.|
First, House Republicans circle around DeLay and rescind a rule that would force him to resign his leadership post if indicted. The justification is that DeLay is in the crosshairs of a politically vindictive, Democratic, Travis County Texas district attorney, and he needs to be protected from being railroaded.
Next, after public outrage and at the request of Maj. Leader DeLay, the rule is reinstated. DeLay is congratulated for his political courage.
What the Republicans did was first show their ignorance for the justice system. In Texas, and I'm sure in most other localities in the US, district attorneys do not issue indictments, grand juries issue indictments, after hearing testimony from investigators on whether a case should be prosecuted. It is in reality a safeguard against the kind of vindictive prosecution of which District Attorney Ronnie Earl is being accused. If an indictment is handed down it is not because Ronnie Earl wanted it.
Second, the Republicans showed us that they have a warped sense of honor. If tom DeLay had any political courage, he would resign his position as Majority Leader. That would be taking a bullet.