Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was, as a Congressman and politician, about as phony as they came.
He claimed to be a born-again Christian but cussed like a sailor. He decried the "politics of personal destruction," but practiced the destruction of his enemies as a fine-honed art.
He took bribes, laundered campaign funds and milked the system for personal gain. When he got caught, he ran like a thief in the night, resigning from Congress.
Now DeLay is back with a new "grassroots" political organization and a blog.
And, in true Tom DeLay fashion, his blog is a sham.
Real bloggers, for example, write their own material.
"I’m not a writer," he admitted to Mike Barnicle on MSNBC’s "Hardball" this week. "I have ideas and have others to put them into words for me."
And, if you read his blog, everyone who posts a comment is a supporter is his rabid right-wing agenda.
Not so. When the blog was launched, it accepted comments without moderation and those who find DeLay a crook without redemption quickly overwhelmed the comments section. So his handlers shut the blog down, purged the negative comments, and went back on line with comments moderated. Anyone who tries to post a comment critical of DeLay or his agenda doesn’t get approved.
This is the kind of thing we’ve come to expect from a crooked politician and DeLay is a crook, a liar and a con-artist – just the kind of man the Republicans wanted as their majority leader in the House of Representatives.