Thoughts on Tom DeLay

By Ken Feltman

Tom DeLay bullied people. Each time he succeeded, he was emboldened. Bullies attract other bullies, forming a gang whose members need to impress each other with more extreme bullying. We see this on playgrounds everywhere. What we also see on most playgrounds is adult supervision.

Sadly, elected officials may feel immune to supervision except from public opinion or the justice system. DeLay scoffed at public opinion. Finally, he lost. So did we.

First published in Politico’s “Arena” of November 26, 2010, about the conviction for money laundering of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas).

About Radnor Reports

Ken Feltman is past-president of the International Association of Political Consultants and the American League of Lobbyists. He is retired chairman of Radnor Inc., an international political consulting and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. Feltman founded the U.S. and European Conflict Indexes in 1988. The indexes have predicted the winner of every U.S. presidential election beginning in 1988, plus the outcome of several European elections. In May of 2010, the Conflict Index was used by university students in Egypt. The Index predicted the fall of the Mubarak government within the next year.
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