Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Here’s Chutzpah For You

Tom DeLay spoke at a conference on “The war on Christians” in Washington on Tuesday and religious right leader Rick Scarborough had apparently ingested some sort of hallucinogenic substance prior to speaking about him:

“This is a man, I believe, God has appointed … to represent righteousness in government,” Scarborough told the audience, which included Eagle Forum Founder Phyllis Schlafly, former ambassador Alan Keyes, and Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan.

Well, sure. Because a God-appointed ambassador for righteousness would certainly be admonished multiple times by the House ethics committee, one that was controlled by his own party. And Alan Keyes would know a thing or two about “righteousness in government”. After all, he’s the one who said that he opposed Hillary Clinton carpetbagging in New York “as a matter of principle” and that he “deeply resented” the “destruction of federalism” that it represented. Of course, that was before he carpetbagged into Illinois to get his butt kicked by a 3-1 margin in the 2004 Senate race there. I guess principles don’t cross state lines.

But Scarborough isn’t done yet:

Scarborough said DeLay had been “nearly destroyed in the press,” and he made a vague pitch for the conference participants to support DeLay in his general election race in November. DeLay should not worry about it, however, he said: “God always does his best work after a crucifixion.”

Tom DeLay. Jesus Christ. I mean, who can tell them apart other than their mommas? I think we need some new junk bracelets that say “What would Tom DeLay do?”

Comments

  1. #1 Dave S.
    March 29, 2006

    I was going to suggest the catchier “What Would Tom Do?”, but it might cause confusion with Tom Cruise, someone even more out-there, if that’s possible.

  2. #2 bourgeois_rage
    March 29, 2006

    I liek the ambiguity of “What Would Tom Do?”

  3. #3 CanuckRob
    March 29, 2006

    WWTD? Lie, cheat, steal, misrepresent, lie some more, and soon, if there was any justice regarding people that willfully betray the public trust, meet a new “friend” called Bubba who will demonstrate What I Do To Tom In Jail!

  4. #4 Andrea
    March 29, 2006

    Did you see this bit from Tuesday?

    “Our faith has always been in direct conflict with the values of the world,” DeLay said. “We are, after all, a society that provides abortion on demand, has killed millions of innocent children, degrades the institution of marriage, and all but treats Christianity like some second-rate superstition.”

    Treats Christianity like some second-rate superstition … that’s just beautiful.

  5. #5 Mark Paris
    March 29, 2006

    Yeah, that’s right! Christianity is not a second-rate superstition (can you see this coming?), it’s a first-rate superstitition!

    I’m not sure why so many christians have a martyr complex when they are pretty much running things in most parts of the country. Maybe it’s because of that pesky Constitution, keeping them from establishing a great little American taliban all of their own.

  6. #6 SharonB
    March 29, 2006

    And did you note that four hundred, (that’s 400!) people are attending the conference? I tell ya a truly mass movement is at hand.

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  8. #8 SharonB
    March 30, 2006

    Ed, For more Chutzpah (or whatever the Scicilian translation of that would be), have you been studying the Scalia controversy? Re: the gesture. Seems our pal, the great strict constructionist was caught making an obscene gesture (and utterance) after mass in Boston. Caught on camera, wrote a letter to the Boston Herald denying it, picture published– BUSTED!

    I cannot understand why the religious right backs such profane persons: W,”the bird” Bush; Dick, “F-bomb” Cheney; and now Anton, “V is ~not~ for Victory, Scalia; on-and-on.
    Hypocrites!
    (source: Americablog, referencing the Herald)

  9. #9 Ed Brayton
    March 30, 2006

    SharonB wrote:

    Ed, For more Chutzpah (or whatever the Scicilian translation of that would be), have you been studying the Scalia controversy? Re: the gesture. Seems our pal, the great strict constructionist was caught making an obscene gesture (and utterance) after mass in Boston. Caught on camera, wrote a letter to the Boston Herald denying it, picture published– BUSTED!

    I guess I don’t get what is controversial. He never denied making that particular gesture, he denies that it is obscene. Personally, this is the sort of thing I just can’t care much about. It’s even more pointless to me than people freaking out about Janet Jackson’s tit.

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