How the Mighty Have Fallen

Once upon a time, Tom DeLay was one of the most powerful men in Washington … that is, until he was indicted and resigned his seat in Congress in 2006.

Since then, DeLay has kept something of a low profile while he has been busy trying to turn his Coalition for a Conservative Majority into a right-wing version of, but that doesn’t mean that his right-wing friends have forgotten him. In fact, over the weekend, DeLay joined Rick Scarborough, one of his “closest friends,” for Sunday services at Scarborough’s Texas church:

Former Congressman Tom Delay not only told East Texans but also showed them that he believes there is no separation between church and state. “I believe faith is the foundation of political activity because your world view is who you are,” Delay explained.

A belief the Senior Pastor at Harvest Point Church, Rick Scarborough, shares with the former congressman and that’s why he asked him to share the pulpit this morning. Scarborough said, “Every time I walk into a polling booth I’m mixing church and state because I am the church and I am the state. Whenever I drive down the highway I’m mixing church and driving. This morning earlier, you can thank God for this, I mixed church and showering but I can’t separate that part of me.”

At today’s service Delay told East Texans how he plans to use that belief along with others to fill voids he says are in the conservative movement. Creating more grassroots efforts along with building better communication blocks are just 2 of his goals. “We’ve got some great think tanks in Washington D.C. but we have no action tanks,” Delay said. But he plans to put the party into action and get people to the polls this November.

It is nice to know that Scarborough’s friendship with DeLay survived the former Majority Leader’s fall from power – after all, it would have been pretty embarrassing if Scarborough had abandoned DeLay after once comparing him to Christ:

“I believe the most damaging thing that Tom DeLay has done in his life is take his faith seriously into public office, which made him a target for all those who despise the cause of Christ,” Scarborough said, introducing DeLay yesterday. When DeLay finished, the host reminded the politician: “God always does his best work right after a crucifixion.”

Of course, the last time DeLay and Scarborough got together, it was for Scarborough’s “Confronting the Judicial War on Faith” Conference in 2005 and it generated a lot more coverage and controversy because DeLay delivered a taped message railing against judiciary which was followed by a panelist whose suggested solution to dealing with judges the Right doesn’t like was to approvingly paraphrase Joesph Stalin’s slogan: “Death solves all problems: no man, no problem.”