This morning, in an act of blatant political partisanship, a rogue district attorney in Travis County, Texas, named Ronnie Earle charged me with one count of criminal conspiracy: a reckless charge wholly unsupported by the facts.Imagine, a lawmaker, in the leadership of his party, who is supposed to have respect for the rule of law uttering this phrase, a "rogue" district attorney. The incivility of such remarks is surely not unnoticed by the voting public. For all those out there who must adhere to the rule of law on a daily basis, I'm sure there's lots of sympathy for DeLay's ranting about how unfair his prosecution is. Yet he went on:
This act is the product of a coordinated, premeditated campaign of political retribution; the all-too-predictable result of a vengeful investigation led by a partisan fanatic.The most obvious response to such a characterization really just writes itself: it takes one to know one.
You know, a fair minded person might normally take a second look at such strong comments and feel some empathy for a person who says things like this. But this comes from one of the most egregiously partisan politicians ever to have graced the halls of Congress. So instead of soliciting empathy, his vitriolic grandstanding warrants only a shrug and a flick of the channel. Click, as David Brooks will tell you today, the DeLay era is over.