Is Tom DeLay Psychotic?

The following post from The Carpetbagger Report caught my eye, which then rolled at the content:

DeLay’s hearing voices from above

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay told The New Yorker about his future plans, and what’s motivating him to keep up his conservative crusade. (via Ron Chusid)

Earlier this year, [DeLay] published a memoir called “No Retreat, No Surrender� … in which he claimed that as a young congressman he would on occasion drink ten to twelve Martinis at a time. In this period, he earned the nickname Hot Tub Tom. Then he found Jesus and, he said, stopped sinning. In the book, he freely confesses to committing adultery. “I had put my needs first,� he told me. “I was on the throne, not God. I had pushed God from His throne.� […]

DeLay says that when, in the coming years, he is not fighting the indictment in Texas (he insists that he is not guilty) he will be building a conservative grass-roots equivalent of MoveOn.org. “God has spoken to me,� he said. “I listen to God, and what I’ve heard is that I’m supposed to devote myself to rebuilding the conservative base of the Republican Party, and I think we shouldn’t be underestimated.�

Well, he’s quite the modern-day Noah, isn’t he? An omnipotent God is not only concerned about the future of the Republican Party, He’s specifically worried about the right-wing base of the Republican Party. And this same God is not only interested in the base, but He specifically wants a corrupt exterminator to lead the way in building a rejuvenated far-right movement.

And we know all of this to be true because Tom DeLay received a message directly from God, who told him to take on these challenges.

Remember, when you talk to God, it’s prayer. When God talks to you, it’s schizophrenia. [full text]

Actually, to be more precise, it’s indicative of psychosis, which can be brought upon by any number of conditions, not the least of which is schizophrenia. With DeLay, though, given his disturbed history, I would tend to suspect an acute case of pathological narcissism. In any regard, if God were truly to deign to have a chat with ol’ Tom, I suspect He would (1) politely suggest that the ex-Majority Leader shut his piehole and (2) smite him with a thunderbolt. Anyway, that would be my recommendation.

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2 responses

  1. Donald Wolberg

    It is likely that the Tom DeLay’s of this universe are not delusional but rather have figured out how the system works. First you have lots of fun, then you have more fun, then you get caught (through no fault of your own..you were just having fun). Then if you find Jesus, and write a book, you can be forgiven, and in time you can go have more fun, especially since by this time you are very rich. Look at the fun-caught-Jesus-more fun-rich list: DeLay, Clinton, Jackson, Swaggert, Gingerich, and on and on. The list would have included the Kennedys (almost all of them–they really had fun and were rich to begin with) but not Nixon (“Poor Richard” never seems to have had any fun) and not Jimmy Carter (he only had fun “in his heart”). The common denominator in all this: huge egos if not hubris, and a certain sense that it is owed to them, but not to ordinary people. No fair. I want to have fun and i want to be rich, but can I avoid being caught?

  2. To answer your question:

    Yes. Yes he is.

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