Justice DeLay-ed



House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was criminally indicted by a Texas grand jury. It's about time!

While it would be premature to sing Ding, dong, the witch is dead! I think I hear the fat lady warming up her vocal cords!

Tom DeLay

The stench of corruption has been wafting malodorously over Washington for a long time, growing ever stronger with each passing year of the Bush administration. Power corrupts, they say, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. For a few examples:

• A week ago, David H. Safavian, the Bush administration's top procurement official, resigned just before his arrest in the investigation of corruption surrounding Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff's dealings with the federal government.

• Days ago, the Justice Department and the SEC announced a probe into Senator Bill Frist's sale of stock in a family business, just days before the value of the stock plummeted after an earnings warning. Sound familiar? It should, this is the kind of dubious transaction Martha Stewart went to jail for.

• Recently, Bunnatine Greenhouse, a top Army contracting official, was reassigned after she criticized a large, noncompetitive Halliburton contract for work in Iraq.

And now DeLay. It's not nice, of course, to take pleasure in the misfortune of others. OK, I'm not nice. I take enormous pleasure in the thought that the arrogant, self-righteous Tom DeLay may be taken down a peg.

When the Democrats got too smug and entrenched in power, they were ousted by Newt Gingrich and his Contract With America. Now that the Republicans have shown themselves equally venal, it's time for another episode of Vote the Rascals Out!