Virtual Hammer: Blog from DeLay nails hits from both left and right
Meet Tom DeLay, the blogger. The former House majority leader — long known as “the Hammer” for his forceful wielding of power at the highest levels of government — has launched his own Web log to cast his conservative word and brandish his acerbic criticismsofDemocratsandevensome fellow Republicans.
“It is a regrettable fact of the current American political age that too many Republicans have failed to continue an aggressive fight for the principles which bring us together as Republicans and conservatives,” Mr. DeLay wrote Dec. 11 in one of his first postings at the site, www.tomdelay.com.
“The election of 2006 was an example of what happens to a party and a movement when we fail to fight for the principles that brought us together in the first place,” he wrote. “In short, it is time for true conservativesandRepublicanstogo back on offense.”
By evening, Mr. DeLay had unloaded on one of the most popular Democrats to target.
“Notsatisfiedwithbeingperhaps ournation’sworstPresident,Jimmy Carter has decided to ‘write’ a book on the Middle East that has further solidified his position as a failure as a foreign policy practitioner, activist andpundit,”hewroteofMr.Carter’s book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.”
Mr. DeLay’s Internet debut was received much like his political career, which ended earlier this year after he was indicted on charges involving suspected campaign finance irregularities. Half loved him and half hated him.
“Dear Tom DeLay, may I say, we have missed you,” Dani Triplett respondedtoMr.DeLay’sfirstposting. “Just your presence on the Web has given me a sense of security. There are many of us that know the Democrats lied and forced you out but, you will have your day!”
Added a blogger with the handle “fabiansmith”:“TomDelayismysuperhero of politics. We need you to run in ’08.”
Thesitehascommentmoderation and member registration, which is unsurprising given the vitriol and hatethesiteimmediatelysparkedon the left. The blog went live Dec. 10, a day earlier than expected, but the newsspreadlikewildfirethroughthe liberal blogosphere before the commentscouldbeedited.AliberalantiDeLay site, www.tomdelaydotcom.blogspot.com, did a screen captureofasampleofthecomments liberals left behind there.
“What a magnificently, terrifically boring and irrelevant blog,” wrote “Miles Coverdale.” “Honestly, who on Earth cares what you have to say?”
And that was the relatively polite stuff.
“You left Congress disgracefully and you want people to take you seriously?” asked another blogger whose Internet handle was a vulgarized version of Mr. DeLay’s name. “You should be in prison you.”
Of the 111 comments saved at theparodysite—andlaterremoved from tomdelay.com — dozens used obscenities and many wished imprisonment and rape on Mr. DeLay.
“He just infuriates the left,” said David All, spokesman for Rep. Jack Kingston, Georgia Republican and one of the more tech-savvy staffers on Capitol Hill. That rage will help make Mr. DeLay’s political blog an instant sensation, he said.
“Ontheright,noonequestionshis agenda. He is conservative, he believes in our party,” he said.
Oddly, Mr. All said, being cast into the minority could open the blogosphere more to Republicans as they grope for any sort of political power.
“You really need to be in the minority to get the Internet,” he said. “Democrats had it four years ago with Howard Dean. Republicans now have a great opportunity, and that’s what Tom DeLay can play into.”
Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, Texas Republican, has entered the blogosphere to “further the online discussion in the marketplace of ideas,” at www.tomdelay.com.