Thursday, March 24, 2005

DeLay Off the Deep End

Time Magazine has obtained a transcript of a rant Tom DeLay delivered to the right-wing Family Research Council on Friday in which he links the Terri Schiavo case to the anti-abortion movement, decries the vast left-wing conspiracy to destroy conservatism and (pathos detectors: on) compares his own situation as the target of an ethics investigation to Schiavo's plight.

It is more than just Terri Schiavo. This is a critical issue for people in this position, and it is also a critical issue to fight that fight for life, whether it be euthanasia or abortion.


And so it's bigger than any one of us, and we have to do everything that is in our power to save Terri Schiavo and anybody else that may be in this kind of position, and let me just finish with this: This is exactly the kind of issue that's going on in America, that attacks against the conservative moment, against me and against many others. The point is, the other side has figured out how to win and to defeat the conservative movement, and that is to go after people personally, charge them with frivolous charges, link up with all these do-gooder organizations funded by George Soros, and then get the national media on their side. That whole syndicate that they have going on right now is for one purpose and one purpose only, and that is to destroy the conservative movement.

This speech does provide compelling evidence that DeLay is suffering from a brain stem injury of his own—one he may have suffered trying to hoist himself up onto that cross.

Andrew Sullivan has been blogging very persuasively about the right-wing conspiracy that's destroying conservatism.

Hat tip: George.
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