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The indictment of Tom DeLay and Jeb Eddy

By Frank Salvato
web posted October 3, 2005

If there is one thing that cannot be denied – and denial should be considered a sport in Washington DC – it is that whether the issue is legitimate or not, the Democratic Party truly knows how to pander to the mainstream media. When the opportunity arises to stretch the actualities of a situation in an effort to achieve the biggest media splash it shouldn't surprise anyone that the boundaries of fact and truth are sullied.

There are two fantastic events that have taken place that illustrate this point. One is the indictment of US Representative and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) on criminal conspiracy charges. The other is the San Francisco Chronicle's inclusion of a liberal activist's photo in an anti-war photo gallery portraying him as a disgruntled Republican.

Tom DeLayThe DeLay indictment (PDF format) is breaking news; it has just taken the main stage at "Contrived Politics Palooza," especially with him having to step down – for the time being – as House Majority Leader. The "planted operative" incident is being "swiffered" away as fast as the mainstream media's little electrostatic pad can gather it.

The fact that a "conspiracy" charge is usually the last bastion of hope for a prosecutor should be telling enough. Add to that the embarrassment that it took Travis Co., Texas District Attorney Ronnie Earle – a partisan Democrat – the seating of six Grand Juries in order to attain an indictment of DeLay and one would be well within their rights to be suspicious of Earle's motives.

Whether it is the rage factor or political opportunism that drives Earle will have to be seen. That he has been heard at Democratic fundraisers spouting rhetoric about how he was going to "get Tom DeLay" doesn't help divine between the two either. It does, however, lend to the weighty thought that this is more about furthering the cause of the people who have stormed the main offices of the Democratic National Committee than it is about doing good work for the people of the State of Texas.

As the president has indicated, there is a legal process that has been put in play that will, in the end, shed light on the truth of the matter. Judging from the lack of "raw meat" in the indictment and Earle's track record for political head hunting, the smart money is on DeLay returning to the post of House Majority Leader.

But this isn't the only type of deception that the liberal left employs. Where the DeLay spectacle is taking center stage under the glare of the white hot spotlight, there are more subtle and devious methods employed by the party of seething rage to be noted.

Jeb EddyAn Associated Press photographer captured a picture of Jeb Eddy holding a sign at an anti-war rally in San Francisco on September 26. The sign read, "I'm a Republican and ashamed of this GOP." The San Francisco Chronicle, seeing no reason to question the motive for Mr. Eddy's sentiment published the picture in a photo journal showcasing pictures from the rally. The event, by the way, like many of the others held that weekend, was organized in part by ANSWER, a group whose founders were members of the World Workers Party.

In hindsight one the editors at the Chronicle probably wish they would have done a bit of research on Mr. Eddy's background before running with the photo of him and his sign.

A quick check by new media blogs Wizbang! and Conservative Underground, among others, uncovered that not only isn't Jeb Eddy a Republican, while brandishing his placard, he was, and still is, a devoted Democrat. And to the extent that he pretended to be an "ashamed Republican" at an anti-war rally sponsored in part by a socialist entity for the political gain of the Democratic Party, I would have to say a liberal zealot as well.

The new media bloggers uncovered that Eddy has donated at least $2,500 since 1998 to the DNC Services Corp./Democratic National Committee. He also donated $250 to John Kerry's presidential campaign in May of 2004.

Now there may be some out there who would be taken aback at my gall for saying such a thing but when I hear that someone has donated $2,750 over a six year period to Democratic organizations I lean towards believing that person is anything but a Republican.

Both of these events represent cases of stretching the boundaries of. Arguably the lack of respect for the facts emanates from the unbridled rage of the liberal left's banishment from majority power. In both instances the perpetrators are devout Democrats whose loyalty to their ideological oligarchy has led them to not just blur the line between what is acceptable and what is not but to obliterate it in an attempt to rewrite people's actions to suit their contempt.

In Eddy's case, his just desert is that he can never be taken seriously about anything political again. In Earle's case, well, let's just say, Ken Starr's diligence has nothing on Earle.

Frank Salvato is the managing editor for TheRant.us. He serves at the Executive Director of the Basics Project, a non-profit, non-partisan, socio-political education project. His pieces are regularly featured in Townhall.com. He has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor and numerous radio shows. His pieces have been recognized by the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention and are periodically featured in The Washington Times as well as other national and international publications. He can be contacted at oped@therant.us Copyright © 2005 Frank Salvato

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