Via Right Wing Watch, I learn from Jerome Corsi at World Net Daily that Tom DeLay might attempt a political comeback. If he plans to do it, he certainly seems to have the red-meat rhetoric pretty well mastered:
After learning the overturning of his felony conviction had been upheld by an appeals court, former Majority Leader Tom DeLay told WND he is considering bringing charges against the Travis County District Attorney's Office for prosecutorial misconduct and he might run again for political office.Are there any boob-bait rallying cries DeLay left out? (Although he's going to be careful about downplaying the Keystone Pipeline.)
DeLay said the Democratic Party's attempt to destroy him over the past 11 years because of his conservative political views is a direct reflection of the Marxist philosophy that shapes the political forces controlling the party....
"What the Democrats did to me is right out of the pages of Saul Alinsky's 'Rules for Radicals,'" DeLay said. "People don't understand, but it's the politics of Karl Marx that drive the far left in control of the Democratic Party."
DeLay argued that incompetence alone was not sufficient to explain the crises and scandals that have developed under the Obama administration. They include, he said, from the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Benghazi, the Department of Justice gunrunning scandal in Fast and Furious, the IRS discrimination against conservative groups, the rise of ISIS and now the Ebola epidemic coming to the U.S.
"The point is that in Barack Obama the American people are getting to see a radical Marxist with a worldview that makes him happy with the chaos that's going on," he said. "This is exactly what Obama wants done, and people are finally seeing Obama for who he really is." ...
"The worldview of the left that has destroyed America is what we should be fighting," he stressed. "The radical culture of the left is why 60 million babies have been killed in the United States since Roe v. Wade. Yet, the Republican response is to say, 'Well, I want the Keystone Pipeline.'" ...
If DeLay wants to reenter electoral politics, he should probably just shoot the works and run for president in 2016. A guy who was convicted of irregularities involving corporate campaign cash, something Republicans voters think should be categorically impossible, because all campaign giving should be utterly legal and unregulated? The base would love that! He'd be like Tupac or Johnny Cash.
You say if he ran for president he'd be regarded as a washed-up old has-been? You did notice that the strongest challengers to Mitt Romney in 2012 were Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, right?
I'm not saying DeLay could win the nomination, much less the presidency. But who cares? On the right, a presidential run is a great resume-builder. Look at Santorum! He became semi-relevant on the right again! He got the opportunity to run a Christian movie studio! How cool is that!
I don't know how well DeLay would do, but I'm pretty sure he'd outdo Lindsey Graham, and he's talking about running. So why not? Why not the worst?