I've read many great defenses of prosecutor Ronnie Earle here at dKos and elsewhere. As they point out, he's got a decidely nonpartisan record, having prosecuted four times as many Democrats as Republicans. But as good and as accurate as these defenses are, many play into DeLay's frame.
The evidence is clear enough and presented well enough that we will convince any reasonable person that Earle's motivations are not partisan. But the mere mention of the argument in these terms forces people to answer the question "Is Earle (Are Democrats) targeting DeLay for partisan reasons?" The frame is of angry Democrats out on a witch hunt for Republican blood, and so it allows DeLay to change the subject. When responding, we need to reframe it so people are instead asking themselves, "Are DeLay and his supporters smearing an honest public servant so they can avoid accountability?" The frame now is of unethical Conservatives looking to get away with bad behavior by blaming others. The focus stays on conservative corruption, and we become the aggressors rather than the defenders.
And then, thanks to the great work of Think Progress and others, we have plenty of evidence to go on the attack to show that DeLay and his apologists are sliming a dedicated and honest public servant.
This is not a time to be on the defensive, it's a time to attack.
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