I don't pretend to be perfect; I've made mistakes just like everybody else. When I have, I've owned up to the mistakes and moved forward.
The DeLay story struck a nerve with people all across the United States because Tom DeLay put a face to what Walt Whitman called the never-ending audacity of elected persons. Suddenly, they could see corruption up close.
I guess what bothers me so much about what I now see going on in both Washington and in Texas is an effort to keep people from finding out about the mistakes of lawmakers and then when they're uncovered, an effort to fool people and pretend there was nothing wrong.
Packing the Ethics Committee with DeLay loyalists further immunizes the Republican congressional leadership not just from the Democrats but also from democracy.
I filed the ethics complaint against Tom DeLay not because I'm a Democrat and he's a Republican or even because he drew me out of my congressional seat but because he engaged in corruption to further his plans to disenfranchise voters in Texas.
Ethics in government has always been important to me.
Turnovers, field position and key mistakes, that was it. Both of their touchdowns came off our turnovers. We let them hang around, they hung around and seized the opportunity.
Rick Perry just doesn't get it
It's becoming increasingly obvious that Rick Perry just doesn't get it, that he doesn't understand that budgets are moral documents, that there are human costs attached to fiscal decisions
I think there was some burgers, and I know there was some french fries. I had been in school for two weeks. That's why my parents were so pleased, getting off to such a glorious start. Getting thrown in the clink in the first month.
I think that people need to have the courage of their convictions and not be trying to fool people into thinking that they've changed overnight.
So many people are accustomed to written information that you really have to have a few more bells and whistles in this day and age.
The American people do not begrudge anyone his or her power until they start abusing it.
The American people expect public servants to be able to police themselves. But instead of designing a system to enforce ethical conduct, Tom Delay and his cohorts have implemented a self protection system. Obviously, it wasn't good for democracy.
I would love it if every talk show let me say whatever I pleased.