I have no real love for Tom "No Fat in the Federal Budget" DeLay. It would probably make for a Republican Party that I have more in common with if he is eventually convicted. However, I think that unlikely to happen. My gut feeling, from reading and listening to various aspects of the case is that the indictment is pretty weak and it is unlikely that DeLay violated the letter of the law. Now, he probably did violate the spirit of the law, with the caveat that a part of this law's spirit seems to be legal ways to get around the professed spirit. My bet is, that the outcome will be Tom DeLay being accuitted and regaining his old power and more, with the added sheen of martyr status. It will also result in a little less respect for law, a little less faith in the system, and a little more belief, on both sides, that the other party is 'evil.' That is a bad outcome as far as I am concerned.