Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Delay-ed Truth.

On Fox News's Hannity & Colmes, last night, former (Republican) House Majority Leader Tom Delay had the nerve to say:
"I haven't had no ethical problems."
I have two problems with this sentence. The first one is that this comes from man who has been indicted for money-laundering and conspiracy to commit money-laundering. He is also linked to a number of other scandals. Think Progress has a list of a number of "ethical" problems for Delay in the last few years (including bribing congressmen, threatening political opponents, vacationing with lobbyists, or gutting House ethics rules, it’s been hard to keep up with all the Hammer’s activities). They may not have all been proven yet, but those are serious allegations.
My second problem with this sentence is that it contains a double negative which is grammatically incorrect. In fact, if he hasn't had "no ethical problems", it really means that he had ethical problems. Either Delay can't speak English correctly (or he's trying to sound more blue-collar just like Bush), or it is his subconscious telling us the truth. In any case, there is a lot of (dramatic) irony in this sentence.


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