President Bush said yesterday he is confident that former House majority leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) is innocent of money-laundering charges, as he offered strong support for several top Republicans who have been battered by investigations or by rumors of fading clout inside the White House.
Hoo boy. And you'll love why Bush looooooves DeLay:
In an interview with Fox News, Bush said he hopes DeLay will be cleared of charges that he illegally steered corporate money into campaigns for the Texas legislature and will reclaim his powerful leadership position in Congress.
"I hope that he will, 'cause I like him, and plus, when he's over there, we get our votes through the House," Bush told Fox News's Brit Hume.
By the way, Jim VandeHei has been catching a lot of flak from some liberal blogs on his Plamegate coverage. In my opinion, these attacks on VandeHei have been utterly unfair. VandeHei has Luskin as a source. Yes he reports Luskin's "theory" but does a very good job of letting us know that Luskin is the source, while maintaining ostensible anonymity. The liberal sites attacking Vandenhei are really missing the boat on this.
If VandeHei was a shill, would he have written this?
Bush has refused to speak about the CIA leak investigation or the impending trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the former vice presidential chief of staff who was indicted in the case. But the president said he believes that DeLay is not guilty -- weeks before his trial is expected to begin.
It is highly unusual for a president to express an opinion on a pending legal case. Richard M. Nixon, for instance, was widely criticized for declaring Charles Manson "guilty, directly or indirectly" of murder while Manson's trial was ongoing.
Please folks. No one is as critical of the Media as I am, but let's make our critiques reality based. The attacks on VandeHei have simply not been.