Tom DeLay is complaining that his legal troubles are nothing more than a "political witch hunt." OK, but when this same thing was said to describe the MUCH more obvious and real targeted witch hunt when they were putting the screws to Clinton over Whitewater and impeachment hearings, well, that was all dismissed at the time as just a bunch of whining nonsense. But with shoe on the other foot, now we're supposed to feel DeLay's pain. Christ, where does the disgusting hypocrisy end with these guys?
U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), in making the "political witch hunt" argument to The Hill newspaper yesterday, made the House GOP's real beef pretty apparent: The potential indictment of DeLay, he said, represented a rearguard action by Democrats who have not yet come to grips with the fact that "Republicans are a permanent majority."
A permanent majority! This is a pretty good summary of the Congressional Republican attitude these days, and it's the very epitome of the arrogance of power. As The Hill's Jonathan Kaplan pointedly noted, way back in 1987, the avatar of the Republican Revolution, Newt Gingrich, said this about the ethics lapses of the Democrats who controlled Congress at that time: "[You] now have a House where it is more dangerous to be aggressive about honesty than it is to be mildly corrupt.... You now have a situation where I think people feel almost invulnerable."
Get ready for the implosion!