In another universe DeLay might even have been punished, but that's too much to hope for in America today. Powerful, wealthy politicians insulate themselves too well and make sure that the justice system is too firmly in their back pockets to find themselves before a jury unless their misdeeds rise to the level of blatant felonies, such as those of Duke Cunningham.
Because of some of the many vagaries of Texas law, DeLay can't even be removed from the November ballot unless he either:
- is convicted of a felony
- or moves out of the state
Goodbye, Tom. And don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.