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Sunday, April 10, 2005

Dum Dum Ditty

The Associated Press reported today that Rep. Chris Shays, a Connecticut Republican, announced that
"Tom [DeLay]'s conduct is hurting the Republican Party, is hurting this Republican majority and it is hurting any Republican who is up for re-election."
Shays also called for DeLay to step down as majority leader.

I'm not naive enough to think that getting rid of Tom DeLay would be the end of the most wily and underhanded kind of politicking in Washington, but it'll definitely be a step in the right direction. The trouble surrounding DeLay at the moment is mostly due to the fact that he was
admonished by the House ethics committee last year, [and] has been dogged in recent months by new reports about his overseas travel funded by special interests, campaign payments to family members and connections to a lobbyist who is under criminal investigation.

For the longest time, DeLay was basically invincible, and got away with whatever he wanted to because he had almost unanimous Republican support. He was also clever enough to manage things in such a way that whatever scheme he was launching registered just low enough under the radar so that most people wouldn't become aware of it. And that's just the stuff that was only questionable in its ethics, not its legality.

I'll be especially pleased to see DeLay leave his position (if he goes), because he was the architect behind the 2002 Texas redistricting fiasco, which indirectly cost me a job in Washington. That, of course, is just an aside to the trouble of how damned smart he is with regards to how he carries out his far-right policies (which are the real trouble, obviously).

But what happens when he goes? Rick Santorum or someone else who is just as bad will take his place. The re-emergence of the Democrats is still going to rely on them having something to say other than the fact that Republicans are evil.


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