Representation Through Humiliation

4/28/2005

DeLay Caught with a Cuban



Time:
DeLay has long been one of Congress' most vocal critics of what he calls Castro's "thugocracy," which is why some sharp-eyed TIME readers were surprised last week to see a photo of the Majority Leader smoking one of Cuba's best—a Hoyo de Monterrey double corona, which generally costs about $25 when purchased overseas and is not available in this country.



DeLay (Last Year): "Every dime that finds its way into Cuba first finds its way into Fidel Castro's blood-thirsty hands.... American consumers will get their fine cigars and their cheap sugar, but at the cost of our national honor."

DeLay (Today): "Cousin Ed, Aunt Elizabeth, Grandpa Joe: dispose of these pesky reporters."