From the ‘Say What?’ Department

Via Instapundit: The New York Times on the recent decision by the Department of Justice not to charge Tom DeLay:

But many of Mr. DeLay’s actions remain legal only because lawmakers have chosen not to criminalize them.

That is an astute observation: The only reason he didn’t break the law is that what he did wasn’t illegal.

From the lead paragraph of the editorial:

The decision is a reminder that some of Washington’s worst big-money practices remain either legal or far too difficult to prosecute.

No mention that these practices are common on both sides of the aisle. Which means that the current majority of worst big-money practitioners are not members of the GOP.

That may be changing soon, though. If so, maybe the big-money practices of the majority party will be fair game once again.

(Not that I’m defending DeLay. As far as I’m concerned, he was so corrupt and ineffective he might as well have been a Democrat.)


  1. There are probably lots of people out there who have not been charge for not breaking laws that don’t exist.

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