If the scuttlebutt circulating today is true, perhaps “Hot Tub Tom” can take a shower or two with his former colleague “Duke” Cunningham. At long last, it appears Tom is finally going to collect the reward he earned for himself with decades of appalling corruption.
Will “The Hammer” finally become “The Bitch?” Stay tuned.
Sometimes justice is a long road. Yesterday, after years of court hearings, and 3 years after being found guilty, it looks like Tom Delay will actually be going to jail. Three years on the money movement count, but sadly, the 5 years for money laundering à la RICO, morphed into 10 years of community service. He’ll be appealing again.
If you’ve been following things since The Hammer was indicted 8 years ago, you know that he has been devoid of contrition. He does not believe he did anything wrong. He’s written a book entitled “No Retreat, No Surrender: One American’s Fight.” This is one of those cases where they got him on something, but he’s guilty of SO VERY MUCH MORE…
Lead prosecutor Gary Cobb repeatedly called attention to DeLay’s defiance, asking the judge at one point if refusing to accept responsibility could properly be called a “conservative value.”
“Conservative values . . . are supposed to include obeying the laws of the state and taking personal responsibility,” Cobb said. If DeLay received only probation, Cobb warned the judge, he would “wear that probation” like Jesus and call himself a martyr.
A colleague, prosecutor Steve Brand, separately claimed at the hearing that probation would not only send the wrong message to other members of Congress, but would signal to working-class citizens that DeLay was treated lightly just because he wore “a suit and a tie.” He said that DeLay’s repeated claims in a recent memoir that he did nothing improper were “the equivalent of a ‘screw you’ to the system.”
He’s avoided collecting his reward for so long now, I am afraid to hope. But if he actually goes, at least a little of the wrong that has been done to America will have been righted.
Who knows? Maybe someday the corrupt war criminal Boy George can join him.