Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Skippy of the Day: Tom Delay

I took an unintentional hiatus from "Skippy" posts, but it's appropriate that the man who brings me back is the one who seems physically unable to keep his trap shut.

"We've got Justice Kennedy writing decisions based upon international law, not the Constitution of the United States? That's just outrageous," DeLay told Fox News Radio. "And not only that, but he said in session that he does his own research on the Internet? That is just incredibly outrageous."
Librarians such as myself are fully aware of the peril of blindly searching the Internet for information. We're trained to know ourselves and let others know that there is no quality control out there, and each user is responsible for checking on the veracity of each information source. That is not to say that good research cannot be done on the Internet. It certainly can. But, of course, DeLay doesn't go into any details. C'mon, Tom, there's a big difference between him doing research on Lexus Nexus and visiting some goofball's blog in Albuquerque. As for the International Law part, I would again ask to see specifics. Is he talking about international laws that directly oppose articles of our constitution, or is he talking about treaties that the United States willingly signed on with and are therefore bound to follow?

Any acupuncturist will tell you it's all about pressure points, and that's a principle that Republicans know all too well. DeLay is reaffirming his base supporters by touching on two things that they instinctively resist: Anything not American and anything modern. Above all, it's interesting to note the two other qualities about this statement. Primarily, it's Delay once again trying to deflect criticism by changing the subject (and what better place to do it that Fox News Radio). More specifically, I believe it's the action of a drowning man looking to pull anyone down with him he can. If he thinks he's toast, then he's a man with nothing to lose.

Certainly not his integrity.

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