Now, in the Ronnie Earle vs. Tom DeLay, Earle’s playing dirty. My prediction is that it will cost Earle his job eventually.
This “playing hardball” tactic is going to backfire on Earle eventually. It always does. DeLay hasn’t been convicted (almost wasn’t even indicted until Earle shopped for a more sympathetic grand jury), and DeLay is still a United States Senator and should be treated with respect. Earle’s trying to get a photo op by arresting DeLay, booking him and fingerprinting him.
It’s not like nobody knows who DeLay is or that DeLay might run. I suspect the two Secret Service agents following him around know where DeLay is.
And if you’re a rabid, foaming-at-the-mouth liberal that wants to see DeLay embarrassed as much as possible, consider the reversal: would you have also supported booking Bill Clinton, fingerprinting him and taking a mug shot when Republicans were after him?