Rumor has it that Tom DeLay’s next gig (while waiting for the prosecutors to drop the other shoe) will be with Rick Scarborough’s theocratic Vision America. DeLay is already portraying himself as a victim of the “war on Christians.”
Dr. Johnson’s dictum out of date. Patriotism is no longer the last refuge of a scoundrel, because it’s where the scoundrels start out. The last refuge of a scoundrel, whether the scoundrel’s name is Colson, Abramoff, or DeLay, is now religion.
Footnotes In another act of GOP Calvinball, DeLay will change his legal residence from Texas to Virginia, thus allowing his buddies back home to anoint an official Republican candidate in his place, which would otherwise be impossible under Texas law since DeLay already won the primary. I think it’s fair that the voters have a choice, but it’s also typical that DeLay should act to get around the rules. As Stuart Levine and others point out, one motivation for DeLay’s withdrawal from the race is that he can now use his $1.3 million campaign warchest as a legal defense fund.