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(SFGate)   By smiling for his mugshot and wearing his congressional security pin, Tom DeLay may have prevented Democrats from using the picture in campaign ads   (sfgate.com) divider line 229
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2005-10-21 10:45:08 AM
Nah, I can write the ad for them,

"Why is this man smiling? Because as a Republican, he believes he is above the law. Are these the values you share? Vote Democratic."

See, easy.
 
2005-10-21 10:49:58 AM
Exactly BladBoy

or... "Why is this man smiling? ... because he thinks he'll get away with breaking the law. Send a message in 2006."
 
2005-10-21 10:50:38 AM
"He's eager and he's ready to go."
He just can't wait for those big, bad boys to get their hands on his shoulders.
 
2005-10-21 10:51:18 AM
"Why is this man smiling? Because he is now a prison biatch. Vote Democrat."
 
2005-10-21 10:51:44 AM
Yeah, but these are Democrats. The odds that they'll actually think of that are kinda slim.

/Independent
//Hates both sides of the fence
 
2005-10-21 10:51:50 AM
THere is always photoshop.....

Does anyone think he looks like Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltraine in the Dukes of Hazzard?
 
2005-10-21 10:53:31 AM


"Do you really want a man with erectile dysfunction as you representative in congress? Vote Democrat."

/"That includes you, Dole!"
 
2005-10-21 10:54:02 AM
wow. ya think that was just an accident?
 
2005-10-21 10:54:13 AM
Actually, it's more of a shiat eating grin.
 
2005-10-21 10:55:36 AM
BladBoy: "Why is this man smiling? Because as a Republican, he believes he is above the law. Are these the values you share? Vote Democratic."

See, easy.


It may be moot by the time they'd have a chance to run the ad, if the prosecution is completed.

If convicted, he's toast. If not, he may still be toast, but his no-fear smiling face may actually work in his favor:

"Why is this man smiling? Because he knew he was innocent."

The Dems could try

"Why is this man smiling? Because he broke the law, even though the court said he didn't, but we all know the truth."

No, they could never run an ad like that. Delay is rolling for double or nothing, which was probably the best thing he could do.
 
2005-10-21 10:55:51 AM
I realized how brilliant a move it was, whoever coached him to smile is genius and I want to be his apprentice.

No one who smiles for their arrest photo is guilty.
 
2005-10-21 10:56:51 AM
 
2005-10-21 10:56:53 AM
Atomic Orgy: The odds that they'll actually think of that are kinda slim.

More likely, they'll try to tie it in with tax breaks for the richest one percent - as they've done with every-freakin'-thing since Smirky became King.
 
2005-10-21 10:56:55 AM
"Tom Delay even had the guts to wear his congressional security pin to his mugshot. Tell the Repulicans in congress your tired of the culture of corruption. Vote Democrat..."
 
2005-10-21 10:57:37 AM
Why is this man smiling? Because idiots on both sides will put him back in again and he knows it. Now bend over, biatch!
 
2005-10-21 10:57:50 AM
well, he did take his time setting up the professional photography team to arrive at the sherrif's dept. to take his mug. I have never seen a mug shot that clearand professional looking. there's shenanigans going on here too, i tell ya.
 
2005-10-21 10:58:03 AM
You guys are using too many words. The public will never stick around to listen.

Think of the wolf ad that Bush's people ran. That was freakin' genius.
 
2005-10-21 10:58:34 AM
SockMonkeyHolocaust: No one who smiles for their arrest photo is guilty.

Speaking of which, does anyone have the picture of the hooker who was smiling from a few weeks ago? She was teh hottie!
 
2005-10-21 10:58:47 AM
No one who smiles for their arrest photo is guilty.

... while mostly true (perception-wise anyway), if the facts of the case make him look really bad, that picture is going to come back to haunt him.
 
2005-10-21 10:59:09 AM
Oh, and the image of him smiling is more powerful and memorable than any words you can write. Reagan's people knew that, Bush's people knew that and now you know that.
 
2005-10-21 10:59:34 AM
BladBoy: See, easy.

Ha!
 
2005-10-21 11:00:25 AM
OlafTheBent: ... while mostly true (perception-wise anyway), if the facts of the case make him look really bad, that picture is going to come back to haunt him.

But how are you going to use an image like that against him AND make the common person sit there and listen to your message?
 
2005-10-21 11:00:27 AM
""Why is this man smiling? Because as a Republican, he believes he is above the law. Are these the values you share? Vote Democratic."

Which will work so well when Congressman Bill Jefferson (D-Louisiana) gets indicted soon on corruption charges. The feds raided his house just before the hurricanes.

/Oh, right one party is so much more ethical than the other, but I just can't remember which it is.
 
2005-10-21 11:00:36 AM
Please leave the partisanship to the side in reading the following:

On a personal level, I dislike Delay immensely. But you're doing yourself a disservice to get your hopes up on this one. The prosecutor is a complete idiot (read about his straight-forward ethical violations so far in prosecuting this case) and Delay, whether guilty or not, isn't going to get convicted; even if he does, it will be overturned due to egregious conduct on the Prosecutor's side and plenty of heads are going to roll. Anyone attached to this on the Texas Dem side will be publicly smacked down within 1 month - 3 years.

That said, I tend to dislike Democrat politicians more than the Republicans, but I am rather firmly convinced Delay's an unethical crook.
 
2005-10-21 11:00:42 AM
Tom DeLay seems like the sort of guy who would call his father on the million dollar question of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" to tell him "I'm going to win a million dollars"

He's like Eddie Haskell.
 
2005-10-21 11:01:12 AM
It's not like they can't find any number of pics of DeLay scowling or frowning. So what if it's not his mugshot.


"Those f*ckers, they're gonna find out they messed with the wrong man"



"I'm so sorry, please don't lock me up"



"Aw shiat"
 
2005-10-21 11:01:20 AM
This is what I said yesterday. The smile was an excellent move on Tom "scumbag" Delay's part
 
2005-10-21 11:01:53 AM
"Why is this man smiling? UFIA. Vote out all incumbents."
 
2005-10-21 11:02:08 AM
Teekno: If convicted, he's toast. If not, he may still be toast, but his no-fear smiling face may actually work in his favor:

He's going to plead out long before it goes to trial, for the very simple reason that there's no way the GOP will want the Tom DeLay corruption trial to the be other story in the news along with the Plame trials and/or plea bargains during the middle of their 2006 Congressional campaigns.
 
2005-10-21 11:02:12 AM
ArcadianRefugee: Ha!

That reminds me - why hasn't Laughing Quaker Pirate Man shown up with DeLay's face yet ?
 
2005-10-21 11:02:51 AM
He needs to lay off the Botox
 
2005-10-21 11:04:06 AM
"Why is this man smiling? Because he beat the system. He commited crimes, and he's going to get away with it. He's part of the ruling elite, and can do what he wants, and there's nothing you can do about it."
 
2005-10-21 11:04:32 AM
Cath: read about his straight-forward ethical violations so far in prosecuting this case

Actually there isn't any. Earle is a straight-shooter who has a reputation for being hardcore legitimate. The allegations laid onto him from Delay's defense have proven to be without merit. That's why he's been booked and Delay is still headed to court.
 
2005-10-21 11:05:19 AM
MojoFraggle: Actually there isn't any. Earle is a straight-shooter who has a reputation for being hardcore legitimate.


And that's why the Repubs are screaming, because they can't wiggle out of this one.
 
2005-10-21 11:05:46 AM
SockMonkeyHolocaust: Think of the wolf ad that Bush's people ran. That was freakin' genius.


Linky?
 
2005-10-21 11:07:32 AM
Eat_At_Milliways: Linky?

I don't have a link to it, but it was just images of wolves. You didn't even need to listen to it, it was that distinctive, the message was "Vote Kerry and everyone you know will die. DIE!"

From a media and fearmongering/scare tactic perspective, it was beautiful. Awesome branding. Kerry's people didn't have the guts to go that all out.
 
2005-10-21 11:07:43 AM
Cathaleon: The prosecutor is a complete idiot (read about his straight-forward ethical violations so far in prosecuting this case) and Delay, whether guilty or not, isn't going to get convicted; even if he does, it will be overturned due to egregious conduct on the Prosecutor's side and plenty of heads are going to roll. Anyone attached to this on the Texas Dem side will be publicly smacked down within 1 month - 3 years.

Since DeLay's lawyers actually can't produce any evidence of any of the alleged ethical violations, this comes off more as grasping at straws than anything else.

Considering the prosecutor has a 90%+ conviction rate, smart money is on DeLay pleading out - especially since the case against him isn't very esoteric and is a straight money laundering scheme.
 
2005-10-21 11:07:59 AM
I loathe Tom Delay, but the reason that the Democrats are in some respects worse, is that I know that the Democratic leadership will not come out calling for "Dollar Bill" Jefferson's head when the hammer drops on him. It's all so blatantly partisan and disingenuous that it's hard to take this hue and cry of anything more that shallow political opportunism.
 
2005-10-21 11:10:30 AM
Nabb1: It's all so blatantly partisan and disingenuous that it's hard to take this hue and cry of anything more that shallow political opportunism.

And the fact that DeLay demonstrably broke Texas law is ... what? Someone breaking the law and prosecuting them for it is not political opportunism.
 
2005-10-21 11:10:50 AM
Seriously.. Earle has a rep as being one of the most trustworthy DAs in the state.. He literally is known throughout Texas as a fierce defender of justice who never gives up.
 
2005-10-21 11:14:53 AM
And the fact that DeLay demonstrably broke Texas law is ... what? Someone breaking the law and prosecuting them for it is not political opportunism.

I'm not talking about the prosecution itself. I'm talking about the reaction of the Democratic leadership (and their shills) to the prosecution. It's laughable, and pretty pathetic. If Delay broke the law, he deserves to pay the price, no questions about it. But, you won't see Pelosi and Company running to every camera to call for a the head of a prominent Democrat when it happens. And that's not to exhonerate the GOP, either. It's a serious charge in Delay's case, but the rest of the noise is just hypocritical. After the past two months, I've concluded that neither of these parties is worthy of support.
 
2005-10-21 11:14:56 AM
Earle seems to be an honest, decent Texas Democrat. That's a rare breed.
 
2005-10-21 11:18:42 AM
Earle has a rep as being one of the most trustworthy DAs in the state.. He literally is known throughout Texas as a fierce defender of justice who never gives up.

This is the same DA that first tried to indict the guy under a criminal statute that wasn't in effect until after the acts in question, right? That's a pretty embarrassing mistake for a seasoned prosecutor.
 
2005-10-21 11:23:40 AM
Why is this man smiling?

He thinks you don't care.
 
2005-10-21 11:23:45 AM
Has anyone seen the new adds defending Delay and lambasting Earle and working for the liberal agenda?

Saw that this morning.

Amusing.
 
2005-10-21 11:59:44 AM
I think it was rather obvious that they guy wasnt going to show up for a mug shot looking like Nick Nolte. I mean come on.
 
2005-10-21 12:02:28 PM
if the democrats want to win like the republicans, they need to put something like:

"This man is Evil, he is a pedophile and he hates jesus"

It doesn't matter if it's true or not. Remember Mccain?
 
2005-10-21 12:18:39 PM
Holy crap. Let it rest.

Delay may be guilty. He may be a horrible scumbag, but this prosecution isn't going anywhere. He won't plead out because he won't get convicted. The prosecutor is trying anything he can to get another big case under his belt and it shows.

My prediction is that It won't even go to trial. Delay's lawyers will petition for the charges to be dropped and they will get one of them dropped right away. The prosecutior will fail to get additional evidence before the trial date and the rest of the charges will be dropped pending more investigation. Delay will skate and watch his back a bit more. The prosecutor will keep his job and look for a softer target. People will claim that Delay escaped by the skin of his teeth and the democrats will be able to claim that a mere filing of charges means that we must have been guilty. His career is ruined and it'll be back to more hardball politics.

The other scenario is that Delay will actually go to trial and the prosecutor's case will be so weak that he won't actually get convicted of anything. He'll eventually get a "not guilty" verdict. The press will paly it in such a way that it looks like he was really guilty and only some tricky legal wrangling got him off. The democrats will use it as proof that he's really guilty and just has too much money or connections to get convicted. His career will be ruined and it'll be back to hardball politics once again.

Remember, what Delay is being accused of isn't against the law in any other state. Your senators and congressmen are doing what he did and worse every single day. Politics is big money and that won't change.
 
2005-10-21 12:23:44 PM
Delay is an evil genious!
 
2005-10-21 12:26:24 PM
anyone who thinks tom delay will be convicted of anything doesn't have a clue about texas politics. this is all about the texas deomcrats up in austin trying to make inroads back from oblivion.
 
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