Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Victory Laps

and why we shouldn't be taking them.

Guys and gals on the left, the news this morning is good: Tom DeLay is done. Feeling the prosecution's case tightening around his neck as his house of cards empire of corruption begins to fall, he has decided to resign his Congressional seat and will not seek re-election. Other reasons quoted include how badly he was polling in his very conservative district against his Democratic challenger.

This is all good news, but winning because the other team gives up isn't a real win. We would do well to remember that.

This resignation (and DeLay's subsequent plans to move to Virginia) are also strategically placed. With DeLay out of the picture, Congressional Republicans now have less of a scandal shadow over them at the same time Cynthia McKinney's scandal shadow arrives on the scene. Yes, this resignation will dominate the press cycle for the rest of the week, but it is a long time until November.

The move to Virginia suggests DeLay is going to move to a place where his insider status can still work with a disgraced public official. Anyone remember Oliver North? Now he's a well read pundit and journalist, helping shape right wing message. Expect a similar career path for DeLay, he can still be in the public eye, but without an electorate to keep him in check.

Just remember that if he does parlay his retirement into something more dangerous.

So raise your glasses and toast the end of an era, the Hammer has fallen. Then look at the game clock, remember that we aren't even at halftime yet, and get your heads back in the game. Tom DeLay is not our goal. Congress is.

9 comments:

Dante said...

I wouldn't consider this a win for the left any more than I'd consider Toricelli a win for the right. Your best bet was to knock DeLay out at the ballot box in November since you had a 50/50 shot there. Instead, DeLay actually did the right thing for the party and stepped down. Now there's going to be a conservative running in a conservative district without the albatross around their neck that DeLay had and he's going to get quite a bit of free press just by replacing DeLay on the ballot.

The liberal attack machine jumped the gun and hammered on DeLay entirely too early in the election cycle and they're probably going to pay for it. And unlike Torcelli, the Republicans won't even have to brake any election laws to remove DeLay from the ballot and put someone else on there.

S.A.W.B. said...

Is that the best game you can come with on a Tuesday, paT? Spend too much time out in the sun this weekend?

Delay announcing he is not going to seek re-election is a no-brainer. Since the prosecution has done nothing but delay the trial, and DeLay is now out of the House Majority leadership, why stick around and face the mud? Instead, he'll stick around NoVa, make some nice scratch as an advisor/speaker, and generally be an un-elected pain in the ass to the Democrats.

Oh, and check the updates on the trial. Your boy Ronnie Earl is getting his butt handed to him, Paul Brown style.

Patrick Armstrong said...

Hmmm?

Your responses confuse me. I guess some folks just can take yes for an answer.

I went back and doublechecked my own article, just to make sure I didn't engage in any real quackery.

I didn't.

To reiterate my message to the left:

"Victory Laps and why we shouldn't be taking them."

"winning because the other team gives up isn't a real win."

"This resignation (and DeLay's subsequent plans to move to Virginia) are also strategically placed. With DeLay out of the picture, Congressional Republicans now have less of a scandal shadow over them"

"it is a long time until November."

"The move to Virginia suggests DeLay is going to move to a place where his insider status can still work"

"Tom DeLay is not our goal."

I'd like to thank you both for reading the entire article before commenting. I know it must suck to have a liberal use y'all's sides talking points before you get to.

We will discuss the trial in greater depth in the near future.

S.A.W.B. said...

I read the whole thing, as did Dante I would assume. If you're not trumpeting this as a victory, then why include these statements:

"So raise your glasses and toast the end of an era, the Hammer has fallen."

"Guys and gals on the left, the news this morning is good: Tom DeLay is done. Feeling the prosecution's case tightening around his neck as his house of cards empire of corruption begins to fall, he has decided to resign his Congressional seat and will not seek re-election. Other reasons quoted include how badly he was polling in his very conservative district against his Democratic challenger."

I'm well aware that this was a planned fall, but I felt I'd illustrate the fallacy in celebrating any part of this by the left, as it appears that Mr. DeLay may well walk out of the courtroom a free man, without ever getting to trial, and yet still be able to be the large thorn in the sides of the Democrats when need be.

I'll be happy to get more in-depth on the trial whenever.

Patrick Armstrong said...

Toasting something is not equivalent to taking a victory lap. I toasted Eagles fans for being good sports after they beat the Falcons in the NFC Championship game years hence. I wasn't celebrating a victory, to be darn sure.

Good news is not victory either.

Am I very glad that Tommy Boy's Congressional career is over? You bet I am. Do I think the country is better off without him in power? You bet I do. It is the end of an era, to be sure. It is good news to my ears, to be sure.

Is it victory? Not in my opinion, which is why I caution the left not to celebrate like it is one. You know I don't like taking victory laps until the game clock hits 00:00.

If we had defeated him an election, or to have seen him disgraced with undisputable charges of lawbreaking, it would have been sweet victory. If we win that Congressional seat, it will be semi-sweet victory.

For now though, I will toast the fact that his regin in Congress is over (no matter what the future holds) and I will consider this news undeniably good to my own ears.

Dante said...

Uh... yeah, what he said. When you wrote that the resignation of DeLay is "all good news," (unless I'm misinterpreting the "this") I thought it important to point out that it's not good news at all for the left. I even managed to throw out a nice example of my point. The rest of your article merely points out that despite the "good news" of DeLay withdrawing, the Democrats still have a long way to go. I didn't argue about that at all.

And since you've taken to grabbing random blurbs from your post and using them completely out of context, I'd just like to point out that you also wrote: "Tom DeLay is... good... for... Congress." So apparently, you're even a DeLay supporter.

Patrick Armstrong said...

Random blurbs? Who gave you the Super Secret Liberal Decoder Ring? You're not supposed to have that. Now we can't communicate using our Super Secret Liberal messages called sentences, paragraphs, syntax and our big dog: English.

But it's OK, you caught me. I stupidly think this is a huge victory for the left. I literally jumped out of my car this morning when I heard on the radio that DeLay was stepping down, I was so excited. I was driving on the causeway, so the car skidded into the marsh, but not even that could spoil my mood. I was late for work 'cause I couldn't even dig my car out without hurling clumps of marsh mud at passing SUV's with "W" stickers on them, alternately cursing at and mooning the occupants. When I actually got to work this morning, I paraded around the office doing the "Hammer Stomp" (which is actually a lot like the "Gator Chomp") and yelling at my co-workers. Once I had calmed down (and it took a while) I decided to write a blogger post specifically to fool conservatives into thinking I was really acting rationally about this news.

But you guys found me out and saved the day.

(For other humorous reaction, please see The Daily)

GP said...

I was distracted while reading everyones comments so I don't know if this point was raised, but I think it may have been better for the left if Tom had stuck around for the next 6 months as a constant reminder of Republican corruption. I'm still happy he's out of there though.

patsbrother said...

Usually I'm the one to dissect pat's "logic" down to the indefinite articles. As an "expert" on pat-isms, I will say by no reasonable stretch of the imagination was his post a claim of victory.

Unnecessary reminder: You can be glad something has happened without claiming it as a "win".

Example: querulous coworker quits because he's moving to another town. Victory? Not really. Reason to go downtown and have a pint? Absolutely.

You're not (real) pundits; pat's not a (real) pundit. I'm certain you both know exactly what he meant by his post (which, incidentally, is exactly what he said). So why torture English to pretend he's saying something he's not?