Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:
You can’t get anymore joyful than hearing that Tom DeLay, a firm believer in the health benefits of Dioxin and last seen publicly shimmying his booty in satin bolero pants on “Dancing with the Stars,” has just been sentenced to three years in prison. As The Huffington Post reports:
Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, once considered among the nation’s most powerful and feared lawmakers, was sentenced to three years in prison Monday for a scheme to influence elections that already cost him his job, leadership post and millions of dollars in legal fees.
The sentence comes after a jury in November convicted DeLay, a Houston-area Republican, on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering for using a political action committee to illegally send corporate donations to Texas House candidates in 2002.
I recall an aide of DeLay being quoted as saying that (paraphrased) “You don’t just kick a Democrat when he’s down, you roll him in a carpet and toss him over the cliff.” That was how DeLay played: down, mean, merciless, dirty, and well-oiled with “K Street Project” money. The former Texas bug exterminator (we are not making this up) could bite a copperhead snake’s head off and swallow it down with a martini.