March 29, 2005


Liberals To Target DeLay In Ads (Mike Allen, March 30, 2005, Washington Post)

Democratic officials and a well-funded liberal advocacy group said yesterday that they will try to capitalize on the new visibility of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (Tex.) by casting him as a symbol of Republican excess, as critics once did with former House speaker New Gingrich.

Democratic officials in the House and Senate said that news coverage of DeLay's travel and ties to lobbyists, and his high profile in the congressional intervention in the Terri Schiavo case, has given them an opening to use him as more of a foil. They said that until now, he was so little known to the general public -- despite his enormous power at the Capitol -- that attacks on him were not effective.

The Campaign for America's Future, backed by labor and other liberal leaders, plans to announce today that DeLay will be featured in television ads in at least four Republican House districts. The group said it is buying a 30-second ad in DeLay's suburban Houston district that shows a man wearing cufflinks and a Rolex watch and washing his hands.

"Tom DeLay: He'd like to wash his hands of corruption," the announcer says before recounting charges against the majority leader. "Tom DeLay can't wash his hands of corruption," the ad concludes. "But Congress can certainly wash its hands of Tom DeLay."

The poor befuddled Left--going after a guy no one has ever heard of and who the GOP can therefore easily afford to toss under the bus if he ever does become a liability.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 29, 2005 11:13 PM

Even the far left must be getting a little tired of tagging Bush as Chimpy McHitler with no discernable positive results, so it's time to find other targets. Were it not for the ability to release their boiler valves in the direction of DeLay and Rick Santorum, I think some of them would be in danger of spontaniously combusting.

Posted by: John at March 29, 2005 11:54 PM

The Democrats fail to understand that this guy isn't Gingrich: he's not the person everyday Americans associate with leadership of the GOP (there's only one person at a time who can do that job), and so trying to demonize him in the public mind will not work anywhere outside Texas's 22nd District. And actually not there, either.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at March 30, 2005 12:04 AM

Actually it's a nice diversion ... possibly established by Rove.

Saw an ad this A.M. on NH broadcast TV showing a "Republican" asking the audience to write their Senators to retain the right to filibuster for the sake of political diversity and balance.

Posted by: Genecis at March 30, 2005 1:13 PM

DeLay is way too canny a pol to ever wind up under the bus. The folks in the Janjaweed had better try finding another mark.

Posted by: John J. Coupal at March 31, 2005 10:00 AM