A sting and a prayer

First the sting. According to AP: "A former top aide to Rep. Tom DeLay [Tony Rudy] pleads guilty Friday to one count of conspiracy and agreed to cooperate in a widening federal investigation into lobby fraud on Capitol Hill."

And who is the charge related to? Good ol' Jack, of course... "conspiring with lobbyist Jack Abramoff to block legislation in exchange for money." He was also charged with seeking to "illegally influence a public official."

Despite the fact that "The Abramoff court papers allege no wrongdoing by DeLay," Rudy's "cooperation" could land some big fish... like DeLay perhaps...

And now the prayer, written for GOP House Speaker Dennis Hastert:

With Apologies to King David
From former Member of Congress Bob Shamansky (D, OH-12)

DeLay is my bagman; I shall not want,
He maketh me to lie down in still more money,
He leadeth me beside big donors,
He restoreth my cash,
He leadeth me in the paths of self-righteousness for his own sake.
Yeah, though I walk through the shadow of grand juries,
I will fear no evil; for Tom is with me.
His hammer and his staff, they comfort me,
He preparest a defense for me in the presence of mine prosecutors.
He annointest my head with snake oil.
My bank account runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow all my votes as Tom directs,
And I will dwell in the House of Representatives forever.
(HT: Tracy Russo)

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