DeLay Defenders Get Desperate

Yesterday on CBS’s Face the Nation, Karen Tumulty of Time Magazine confronted Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, on the speech Tom DeLay gave to his organization:

And, Mr. Perkins, in a speech to your organization about a week ago, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay compared his own struggles right now with a series of ethical controversies with the Terri Schiavo case and said that it was all part of an attack on conservatism that he said was coming by essentially a liberal–the word he used was `syndicate.’ Do you, in fact, see Mr. DeLay’s circumstances and Terri Schiavo’s as being linked?

Perkins responded:

No. There was a mischaracterization of what Mr. DeLay said…And so there was–this was portrayed by this recording that was secretly taken of our event to show that he was trying to connect these two, which he is not…

What Tom DeLay actually said:

And so it’s bigger than any one of us, and we have to do everything that is in our power to save Terri Schiavo and anybody else that may be in this kind of position. And let me just finish with this: This is exactly the issue that’s going on in America. That attacks against the conservative movement, against me, and against many others.