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"Nothing connects me to Abramoff ... I 'm not a target of this investigation ... " (According to what he said the Department of Justice has told his attorneys. Yet.)

"I haven 't done anything wrong ... nothing unethical or illegal ... "

"My wife has a right to be paid ... "

What about your employees who have entered guilty pleas? " ...people who work for me, not me ... "

"I 'm not stupid ... Democrats have scrutinized every part of my operation for 20 years ... I would be incredibly stupid to do anything illegal because they would find it ... I have lawyers check every decision I make ... we make sure it 's within the spirit of the law ... "

" ...trips to England with Abramoff were vital to help Margaret Thatcher build a Conservative Movement in England, and I played golf at St. Andrews. I did nothing wrong ... this was an appearance created by the media and my detractors ... nothing wrong in taking that trip ...

" ...I 'm involved all around the world ... Christian persecution in China, Jewish persecution in Russia, supporting Israel ... and I also play golf ...

"This is trying to create a straw man and trying to demonize me and make me look different than I really am ... I 've never done anything while I 've been in elected office for my own personal gain. " (Nothing except become a multi-millionaire.)

"Yes, I have a hobby. It 's called golf. It 's the only thing I do for myself. And if people wanna criticize me for playing golf after I 've worked hard for seven days, then go ahead and criticize me ... wherever I go I try to play golf. "

"I 'm not worried at all. "

Despite all of his rhetoric about leaving for the good of his district, the Conservative Movement, the Republican Party, blah, blah, blah, Tom DeLay is quitting because he can 't be the Big Guy in Congress anymore. "The Hammer " can no longer pound heads to any effect. It just ain 't good enough serving his people and his party and his country his outrageously gargantuan and uncontrollable ego has a voracious appetite that requires serious feeding.

Merely listening to his increasingly irrational statements on newscasts, interviews and C-Span over the past year or so, while observing aggressive body language, it 's been obvious to note this man is not only delusional, combined with overtones of Napoleonic grandeur, but deeply in denial as well. This interview with Wolf Blitzer only served to make those perceptions even more apparent.

However, the once-feared Tom DeLay is now a liability, and despite his denials, it seems quite likely he 's going to don the bright orange jumpsuit.

Hell, if Martha Stewart did time, Tom DeLay certainly must!

But then again, Good Ol ' Tom has a mandate from God, which means he 's got to be right.

Or so he says ...

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An erstwhile Philosopher and sometime Educator, Jerry Tenuto is a veteran of seven years service in the U.S. Army. He holds a BS and MA in Broadcast Communications from Southern (more...)

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