Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Tom DeLay & The Politics of Sliming

The GOP sure is good at trying to deflect responsibility via the personal attack route, which is why the following story is not very surprising.

Earlier today, House Majority Leader Tom Delay was indicted on a conspiracy charge, which has to do with a violation of Texas law on the misuse of corporate donations.

So, how does the GOP slime machine respond? By accusing prosecutor Ronnie Earle of staging "partisan vendettas."

Media Matters for America has a good post on their website that sets the record straight. They write:

"While Earle is an elected Democrat, as Media Matters for America has previously noted, a June 17 editorial in the Houston Chronicle commended his work: "During his long tenure, Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle has prosecuted many more Democratic officials than Republicans. The record does not support allegations that Earle is prone to partisan witch hunts." This assertion supports Earle's own claim about his record; a March 6 article in the El Paso Times reported: "Earle says local prosecution is fundamental and points out that 11 of the 15 politicians he has prosecuted over the years were Democrats."

But when did the truth ever matter when the politics of slime is so much more effective?

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