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Democrats Playing The Moral Values Card

Tom DeLay may be handing Democrats a moral values inroad on a silver platter.

Ronnie Earle, district attorney for Travis County, Tex., has indicted three associates of DeLay (the U.S. House Majority Leader) on charges of illegal political fundraising activities. With DeLay possibly also in Earle's crosshairs, Republicans in Congress last week voted to torpedo a 1993 House rule that would require the majority leader to give up his position if he were indicted. (This Houston Chronicle article provides a good overview.)

Left-wing weblog Daily Kos warns Earle is under pre-emptive attack from the right. Earle today spoke out on the op-ed page of The New York Times, with this eloquent explanation of how Republicans are showing a lack of moral values when it comes to this case:

Hypocrisy at the highest levels of government is toxic to the moral fiber that holds our communities together.

The open contempt for moral values by our elected officials has a corrosive effect. It is a sad day for law enforcement when Congress offers such poor leadership on moral values and ethical behavior. We are a moral people, and the first lesson of democracy is not to hold the public in contempt.

It's a savvy position in what promises to be a drawn-out national battle. No doubt that if Earle's office indicts DeLay, the DA also will be put on trial in the media by the Republican Party. That could explode into one of the defining issues of the 2008 presidential race, presenting Democrats with a strong opportunity to take some ownership of the "moral values" issue.

Posted by Joe Territo at November 23, 2004 1:21 PM