Thursday, September 29, 2005


The Delay Train (Or Is That the Train Delay?)

Tom Delay's high-speed express graft'n'greed train, nicknamed the "Milk It For All Its Worth," appears to have encountered a bad patch of track. Longtime Delay watchers will marvel that it's just one single solitary indictment, analogous to nailing Capone for tax fraud; Delay has, after all, left innumerable bodies strewn in his wake. Well, actually the Capone analogy is the nonpartisan analogy. The progressive-hippie one-worlder analogy would be to, say, getting the Son of Sam with a parking ticket.

And in case you're wondering what's giving the Republican leader over in the other house of Congress fits, here's the short take: it's exactly what Martha Stewart went to jail for, but on a much grander scale. The QM is betting Frist won't serve any time--after all, he's not some uppity broad who needs to be taken down a peg.

Back to the Delay Train: chances are still pretty good that repairs will be made and service will be restored. Operators this ruthless have a way of never quite going away, as will be demonstrated when Newt Gingrich runs for President in 2008.

P.S. Also check out "The Hypocrite Effect," this blog's entry for last July 10th (the title above is a link).

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