It’s Friday night, time to release damaging information about yourself. But if you are not in the mood to confess your sins when no one will be paying attention, do the next best thing.
Read this excerpt of Tom DeLay getting grilled by the editorial board of the Moonie Times and then vent all your pent up frustration at your keyboard.
Mr. DeLay: Ever is a very strong word. Let me start out by saying, you can never find anything that I have done for personal gain. Period. What I’m doing is what I believe in, I’m doing it the way I believe in it. Yes, I’m aggressive. I’m passionate about what I believe in, and I’m passionate about winning and accomplishing our agenda. I know since 1995 that everything that we have done has been checked by lawyers, double-checked by lawyers, triple-checked by lawyers, because I know I have been watched and investigated probably more than even Bill Clinton. They can’t find anything, so they’re going back to my childhood, going to my family, going to things that happened eight years ago. There’s nothing there. And they can keep looking. There’s nothing there. I have tried to act ethically, I have tried to act honestly. I have tried to keep my reputation – to fight for my reputation – while it’s been besmirched, and I have tried to do it in a way that brings honor to the House.
Mr. DeLay: Look, I’m for an independent judiciary. I don’t know where they get this. When you attack the left’s legislative body, they get really upset. But I’m for an independent judiciary. I’m for an independent Congress. I’m for an independent executive. But the Constitution of the United States gives us responsibility for oversight and checks and balances over the executive as well as the judiciary. And we all know that this judiciary is extremely active. I have asked the Judiciary Committee to look at it and give recommendations as to what we ought to do. Read the book Men in Black.
Mr. Dinan: You’ve been talking about going after activist judges since at least 1997. The [Terri] Schiavo case gives you a chance to do that, but you’ve recently said you blame Congress for not being zealous in oversight.
Mr. DeLay: Not zealous. I blame Congress over the last 50 to 100 years for not standing up and taking its responsibility given to it by the Constitution. The reason the judiciary has been able to impose a separation of church and state that’s nowhere in the Constitution is that Congress didn’t stop them. The reason we had judicial review is because Congress didn’t stop them. The reason we had a right to privacy is because Congress didn’t stop them.
Mr. Dinan: How can Congress stop them?
Mr. DeLay: There’s all kinds of ways available to them.
Mr. Dinan: You tried two last year on the Defense of Marriage Act and the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Senate didn’t go along with those.
Mr. DeLay: We’re having to change a whole culture in this – a culture created by law schools. People really believe that these are nine gods, and that all wisdom is vested in them. This means it’s a slow, long-term process. I mean, we passed six bills out of the House limiting jurisdiction. We passed an amendment last September breaking up the Ninth Circuit. These are all things that have passed the House of Representatives.
Mr. Dinan: Are you going to pursue impeaching judges?
Mr. DeLay: I’m not going to answer that. I have asked the Judiciary Committee to look at this. They’re going to start holding hearings on different issues. They are more capable than me to look at this issue and take responsibility, given the, whatever, the Constitution.
Mr. Hallow: The president told [Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon no more settlements.
Mr. DeLay: You’re not going to get me in a fight with the president.