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The Real Story Behind the Attacks on Tom DeLay

Thursday, 07 April 2005 12:00 AM

1. Night will follow day.

2. Average temperatures in Florida will exceed those in Alaska – which, by the way, has nothing to do with the phony trumped-up alarm over "global warming."

3. After a steady drumbeat of leftist attacks on Rep. Tom DeLay (aided and abetted by the media), you will suddenly read about push "polls," whose purpose will be to see how effective the organized smear job has been. And sure enough, the charts will show the wolf pack has done its job. DeLay's "public approval" ratings will point downward.

Unless ... conservatives fight back.

This is the way the powers of the liberal establishment trashed Newt Gingrich. They would have done the same thing to DeLay long ago, except that DeLay has been more effective in selecting his fights and deciding when to speak out and when to work behind the scenes. Newt had to have an opinion on everything and share it with the world, day in and day out.

Since then, they've tried the same demonizing tactic on Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and President Bush himself. Those efforts flopped.

Now the liberal playbook – and you can be sure there is one – has decreed that the time has come to run down Tom DeLay. The straw that broke the proverbial camel's back, it seems, was his leadership in the congressional effort to save Terri Schiavo.

The majority leader has said he will ask the House Judiciary Committee to undertake a broad review of the courts' disgraceful handling of the Schiavo case.

He said that "the time has come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior" and that Congress should "look at an arrogant, out-of-control, unaccountable judiciary that thumbed their nose at Congress and the president."

Imagine that. The very idea that judges should be accountable to the elected representatives of the taxpayers who foot the bill for judges' salaries. What a bizarre idea. Why, it's an outrage!

Predictably, the howls from the wolf pack have already started.

First out of the gate was Senator Frank Lautenberg, a Democrat from New Jersey.

"Threats against specific federal judges are not only a serious crime, but also beneath a member of Congress," he thundered. (Translation: Here is my reasoned answer to your facts. Shut up.) The Garden State senator went on, "Your attempt to intimidate judges in America not only threatens our courts, but our fundamental democracy as well."

Democrats in the Senate have been calling President Bush's judicial nominees – sitting judges on lower federal courts or state courts – every name in the book. But of course, that's OK and the liberal media do not go out of their way to call attention to that "intimidation."

Given that leftist interests have been ramming through the courts of unelected judges anything they could not get through the democratic process of the elected lawmakers or executives answerable to the voters, why should anyone be surprised? After all, in their world of the double standard, "democracy" is defined as left-leaning judges inventing their own laws for the convenience of liberal politicians.

Senator Lautenberg has firsthand experience with that. In 2002, the New Jersey Supreme Court stepped in and, in violation of the plainly written New Jersey law, saw fit to put Mr. Lautenberg on the ballot after the Democratic candidate, the scandal-ridden Senate incumbent, Bob Torricelli, dropped out.

In the "get DeLay" hysteria, Senator Ted Kennedy chimed in, wringing his hands and saying that "at a time when emotions are running high, Mr. DeLay needs to make it clear [in criticizing judges] that he is not advocating any violence against anyone."

What a cheap shot that is. It would be just as logical to say that every time Senator Kennedy sits down at the wheel of an automobile, he needs to issue a press release that would "make it clear" that he has no intention of drowning a woman.

Now comes word that Democrats and a richly financed liberal group are planning an organized smear campaign aimed at discrediting the Texan.

The old Marxist playbook says if you can't defeat your effective adversary on substantive issues, assassinate him. In this case, the tactic is character assassination. After all, poisoned umbrellas are not available on every street corner.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has prodded the House Ethics Committee to launch an investigation of charges against her counterpart, Majority Leader DeLay.

Morton Blackwell, president of the Leadership Institute, has said: "I know personally that Tom DeLay is almost obsessively careful to get good legal advice before he takes any step which might conceivably be questioned under the law or suspected as an infraction of House rules. None of the leftist uproar has contained any evidence he has done anything illegal or violated House rules." People who really know Morton Blackwell will tell you that you can take that to the bank.

Pelosi – thought to be working behind the scenes to get DeLay into hot water – was front-paged in the Washington Times April 5 as having secured $3 million last year for a non-profit transportation research organization whose president gave money to her political action committee as the group was paying for a European trip for one of her policy advisers. That may not be illegal, but it doesn't look good. Ms. Pelosi, who lives in a glass house, should be careful about throwing rocks.

Let us examine the people behind the anti-DeLay effort.

A group calling itself the Campaign for America's Future, which the Washington Post says is "backed by labor and other leaders," is featuring DeLay in television ads in at least four Republican House districts and in DeLay's suburban Houston district, dredging up the old discredited charges against the majority leader.

Who runs the Campaign for America's Future?

Its co-director is listed as Robert Borosage, a man with a considerable paper trail.

In the 1987 book "Covert Cadre," author Steven Powell takes over 350 pages to give us a look "Inside the Institute for Policy Studies [IPS]," of which Borosage was then director. The think tank here in Washington has served as a magnet for just about every stripe of leftist you can imagine.

In one instance, he and Saul Landau, a senior fellow, visited Nicaragua and Cuba and afterward "were hosted by Thomas Borge, the Cuban-trained internal security administrator." Borosage told an IPS gathering that one reason for the trip was to "encourage European aid to Nicaragua to keep it from being isolated economically and politically." This was at a time when U.S. policy under the Reagan administration was to oppose the pro-Marxist Castro-aligned Nicaraguan government of Daniel Ortega.

In a 1983 interview with the author, Borosage said it was his hope to "move the Democratic Party to the left by creating an invisible presence in the party."

In 1977, Borosage and Morton Halperin cooperated with the ultra-leftist National Lawyers Guild to form what ultimately became the Campaign for Political Rights. This apparently was set up to help coordinate litigation through which in 1979 the IPS "gained access to the entire FBI file on the institute," and obtained an out-of-court settlement "providing immunity from past or present FBI monitoring, and most important, a blanket prohibition of any future intelligence gathering by the FBI or any other government agency." As Powell puts it, this allowed "IPS to provide a safe house for revolutionary activists at headquarters in Washington, D.C."

Bear in mind this was during the hysteria of the post-Watergate late '70s, when virtually any effort to conduct intelligence operations against America's enemies was considered heinous. This was the era of the Church committee hearings, which weakened our intelligence, the result of which became dramatically evident on 9/11.

The shah of Iran "was no fool," says author Powell. According to an annual IPS report, the shah pointed the finger directly at the Washington-based IPS as playing an important role in his downfall "and in the triumph of anti-western fanatics," which of course ultimately led the capture of American hostages in the U.S. Embassy in Iran. Of the approximately 90 people inside the facility, 52 were held captive for 444 days.

Powell's book contains a forward by David Horowitz (today the president of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture), who in 1987 wrote of the IPS: "Publicly they claim to be progressive participants in the democratic process. But like the leftist progressives of the past, their liberalism and pacifism are not political commitments. They are deadly weapons with which to lay siege to democracy's defenses to cripple its resistance to totalitarian advance."

Among the other groups active in the "get DeLay" movement is Ralph Nader's Public Citizen, whose Craig Holman attended a meeting of a coalition of liberal groups on Capitol Hill and was given the responsibility of finding a member of Congress to file a complaint against DeLay – according to the Chicago Tribune for June 15, 2004.

Ultimately, then-Rep. Chris Bell, a freshman Texas Democrat who lost his seat in Congress due to DeLay's success in a redistricting effort in the Lone Star State, did file a complaint against the majority leader. The move backfired. The House Ethics Committee in November found Bell in direct violation of House rules for his part in a premeditated partisan campaign to undermine the majority and the integrity of the House.

As DeLay was able to pronounce at a press conference November 19, Bell was found in violation of nine counts of rule violations and his complaint contained "inflammatory language, exaggerated charges, and serious misstatements of both fact and law."

Republicans are not sitting idly by while their House majority leader is trashed. According to The Hill newspaper for March 23, the House GOP issued research showing that the groups taking on DeLay are amply funded by billionaire George Soros – who spent millions trying to defeat President Bush last year – and that members of these groups' boards have contributed "tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic candidates and political organizations and several of their staff members have previously worked for Democrats."

There's more – much more. And we intend to keep an eye on it. Meanwhile, you can help stem the tide of this partisan political/media/think tank hit job by reminding Republican congressmen from your state to stand firm for DeLay.

As Morton Blackwell puts it: "Please don't get bogged down answering the absurd, groundless attacks. The left can and will raise phony new issues faster than you can respond to the old ones. Congressman DeLay has fully and publicly dealt with these false or nit-picky issues."

Better to put the spotlight on his ill-motivated attackers.

Wes Vernon is a Washington-based writer and veteran broadcast journalist.


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