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Old 03-21-2007, 09:27 AM   #1
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Tom DeLay's Memoirs Out This Weekend

I can't believe the title, I feel physically ill

Wow, sounds like a great read...
What is the point of slamming those people now?

HOUSTON, Texas (AP) -- Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's just-published memoirs skewer his former comrades in the historic 1994 Republican revolution for squandering the victory through useless and ineffective leadership.

DeLay's book, "No Retreat, No Surrender," which hit bookstores this weekend, singles out former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Dick Armey, DeLay's predecessor as House majority leader. Former President Clinton is described as "slimy," and President Bush is dismissed as "compassionate, but ... certainly no conservative."

Only DeLay's wife and daughter escape unscathed.

DeLay, dogged by charges of money laundering in Texas, resigned from Congress last June and is awaiting trial.

He told The Associated Press on Tuesday that writing the book had been a "cleansing process" and that his co-author, Stephen Mansfield, "really captured me."

"This is the life of a leader in Congress, the history of what happened," DeLay said in an interview from New York. "I was a little worried about the parts where I pointed out people's strengths and weaknesses. That made me feel a little uncomfortable.

"Seeing that in print makes you kind of go, 'Oh, I don't know if I want to do this."'

DeLay blames Gingrich, who is mulling a 2008 presidential run, for the GOP's inability to achieve many of its goals in the mid-1990s.

"Newt is an amazingly gifted man," DeLay wrote. "He is intelligent, articulate, informed and passionate to a fault ... It is equally true, though, that he was an ineffective speaker of the House."

DeLay paints Gingrich as vain, unable to translate his ideas into legislation and unsure how to push his party's agenda. At Gingrich's right hand was Armey, who DeLay describes as "so blinded by ambition as to be useless to the cause."

DeLay also says Armey told Gingrich that DeLay was behind an insurgency aiming to topple Gingrich -- a lie, DeLay said, that ended his relationships with both men.

"I was livid," DeLay wrote. "He had lied to cover his ambitions, betraying both his movement and his fellow leaders."

Armey did not immediately respond to a phone call seeking comment. Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler said only: "No interest. Thanks."

DeLay briefly acknowledges indiscretions with alcohol and women, describing himself during his early years in the Texas legislature and Congress as a party boy with a roving eye.

"I drank too much," he writes. "I slept with women I wasn't married to. I neglected my family. This is the truth, and I recount it with a deep sense of grief that I ever lived in such a manner."

Despite the 2006 Democratic overturn of the 1994 revolution, DeLay calls 2008 a "grand opportunity."

"The vast majority of Americans are dissatisfied with George W. Bush and eager for change," he writes. "It is a wake-up call, a summons to battle ... Republicans were, as they long have been, right on the issues and terrible at communication."
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Re: Tom DeLay's Memoirs Out This Weekend

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"I drank too much," he writes. "I slept with women I wasn't married to. I neglected my family. This is the truth, and I recount it with a deep sense of grief that I ever lived in such a manner."


first Gingrich, now DeLay.

i might never find anyone sexually attractive ever again, so seared into my brain is the thought that someone, somewhere, is willing to have sex with either of these two men.

gouge my eyes out, please.

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I was wondering if that was his first ever infidelity confession. Maybe he and Newt shared
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Who on earth would want to read this? Seriously. The guys a lunatic, but not in any kind of fun way.
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The guy's a fucking hypocrite and a major league asshole.

Actually that should have been the title of his book.
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Airbrushed much?

Look who wrote the foreword and the preface

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Gah. Tom makes himself out to be quite the soldier, doesn't he? Another chickenhawk, but this one with an absurd ego.
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Just wanted to add this lovely tidbit

The Jewish Daily Forward

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DeLay: Dems Are Now Like Hitler

Tom Delay is on a book tour — which explains why he stopped by the Forward offices Tuesday for a chat. More on that later.

The book, “No Retreat, No Surrender,” has generated a bunch of press, but it’s clear that Jewish Democratic activists haven’t read it. Or else they would have jumped all over this graff…

“I believe it was Adolf Hitler who first acknowledged that the big lie is more effective than the little lie, because the big lie is so audacious, such an astonishing immorality, that people have a hard time believing anyone would say it if it wasn’t true. You know, the big lie — like the Holocaust never happened or dark-skinned people are less intelligent than light-skinned people. Well, by charging this big lie” — that DeLay violated campaign-finance laws in Texas — “liberals have finally joined the ranks of scoundrels like Hitler.”
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Re: Tom DeLay's Memoirs Out This Weekend

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I can't believe the title, I feel physically ill

Ewww!

I'll never be able to listen to it the same way again.
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A brief moment of levity occured to me. You could photoshop that book cover, take out all the words and replace them with:

I'm gonna smash your fuckin' head in: One American's Fight

By Joe Pesci.
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