So...across the board, the headlines for today's coverage of Tom DeLay's visit to a Harris County Sheriff's Department are asking: "Why is this man smiling?".
As I mentioned in my previous post, celebrities, whether they've been arrested for driving under the influence or solicitation, never fare as well as the indicted former Majority Leader did with his mug shot. (And these are people who have their pictures taken for a living.)
So, it begs the question, why is Tom DeLay smiling?
According to Laurie Kellman of the Associated Press, the answer is...drumroll please:
"A photo of DeLay grinning from ear to ear doesn't pack quite the punch in a Democratic attack ad as one that looks more like the mugshot of, say, actor Hugh Grant," Kellman writes.
"Note the House of Representatives security pin on DeLay's lapel. He looks in the photo like a proud member of Congress who might just have won the lottery, not one indicted on charges of money laundering. The photo looks like it could have been taken anywhere.
"And that was just the point."
Well, Congressman DeLay, our mothers always taught us that looks can be deceiving. Or looks aren't everything. Or something. It's late.