There's Nothin' Left to do but Smile, Smile, Smile ...
For anyone who has spent anytime in Republican controlled Washington, D.C., especially in the past 5 years, the news that former House Majority Leader Tom "the Hammer" Delay was indicted on several counts of criminal conspiracy had to illicit a wide smile.
The man who has called the Environmental Protection Agency the "Gestapo of the federal government" and has run roughshod over our democratic processes and traditions truly ruled by the Machiavellian theory that it is better to be feared than loved. Unfortunately for Mr. Delay, the rule of law still exists outside of the chambers of the House of Representatives. District Attorney Ronnie Earle has a history of prosecuting corrupt elected officials of both parties (12 of his 15 indictments have been of Democrats) and fighting against abuses of power. Rest assured, the extremist Republicans of Washington will attempt to paint Mr. Earle as a partisan with an ideological agenda. But the American public is above such manipulations of the truth and will only stand for the pot calling the kettle black so many times.
As for the question, "what should progressives, independents, Democrats do in reaction to this news?" I say we should turn to an unlikely source of wisdom ... Jerry Garcia, the late leader of the Grateful Dead, used to sing "there's nothin' left to do but smile, smile, smile." That sounds like a fine strategy by me.