Tom Delay appeared on The TODAY Show with his lawyer to announce that The Hammer was convicted by a jury of his peers because the case was tried in the most "liberal city in America." He called it the criminalization of politics. I think when you break the law using politics to launder money to people that actually makes one a criminal, doesn't it?
Delay: first of all, I was tried in the most liberal county in the state of Texas, indeed in the United States. Getting a jury -- the foreman of the jury was a Greenpeace activist. I'm not criticizing the jury. The point is, that this is a political campaign, has everything to do that the district attorney used six grand juries before he found one just sworn in to indict me on laws that don't exist in Texas .
Matt, you can't -- to have money laundering, you have to have proceeds from a criminal activity, like drugs or things like that. They never proved that these proceeds were illegal. They were legally raised corporate funds that were send to Washington to be used legally around the country and Washington sent legally raised funds back to Texas. That's not money laundering .
Does that make sense to you? And then he went hog-wild on the issue of gun control.
Matt: You would have no different opinion in terms of the ban on assault weapons you didn't allow to come to a vote in 2004. I'm not connecting dots that don't exist here, Congressman, believe me. In that law would have prevented the new manufacture of things like this extended magazine used by this alleged shooter in this case.
Delay: He still could have gotten an old one. No new thinking of the philosophical idea of that? Absolutely not. Guns and people that carry guns are a deterrent. Happened right here in Texas. We had a situation where people would bump into women in expensive cars and rob them right on the freeway. The day that a "concealed carry" went into law in the state of Texas, that all stopped because the robbers didn't know if the women they were bumping into had a gun or not. This is all stuff we shouldn't be talking about. What we ought to be talking about is the rhetoric in Washington , what people ought to be -- how people should be treating each other civilly. Gun control and grandstanding doesn't help anybody.
What a fine example of armed citizens stopping crime. Tom Delay belongs in jail with his partner in crime, Jack Abramoff. I only wish we could throw away the key.