During the past 24 hours, when there's been plenty of news, I've heard a few minutes from two radio talk shows but couldn't, for one reason or another hear more than a suggestion of what they were talking about. In both cases what I heard has kept me wondering.
This morning, driving into Austin with KLBJ (that's the old Austin radio station started over 50 years ago by Lady Bird Johnson's family -- formerly a liberal station but now dominated by Rush Limbaugh and Co) I heard some interesting insights into the workings of the Grand Jury which just indicted Tom DeLay. The early morning show has two hosts, both white male, one far right, one less so. They were interviewing by phone one of the members of the Grand Jury which brought down the DeLay indictment. He was saying (and they had apparently been convinced by him that he was being completely truthful) that Ronnie Earle didn't in any way manipulate the Grand Jury into a decision. Rather, the shoe was on the other foot. Members of the Grand Jury were very demanding of evidence and testimony and kept Earle and his assistants busy.
That's my construction based on what this Jury member said after hearing the last couple of minutes of the interview and the hosts' responses to it. The description of Earle's approach bears out other things I've heard about Earle's work on this case, but of course the right wing media (with the exception of these two KLBJ hosts) will dismiss any suggestions that Earle is on the up and up and that the process was fair.
The other brief excerpt I heard was from Al Franken's show, yesterday, on Air America. Franken was talking with Tom Oliphant about not just the corruption in the Republican Party (and lobbyists and other friends) but the deeply systemic corruption. He was saying that Plame and Franklin and Safavian and Frist and DeLay are not separate matters but rather they are interconnected, and unless investigators work together in making those connections, a most of the corruption will not be found and prosecuted. Again, others have been saying the same thing.
Unfortunately, Earle and Patrick Fitzgerald-- and particular offices and task forces within the Justice Department -- cannot be expected to cooperate. Or can they?
Update: The Washington Post has just posted some not-so-good news. Swifty lawyer, Dick de Guerin, will be acting for DeLay, has defeated Ronnie Earle in the past and intends to do so again. De Guerin doesn't lose much. Except Waco...