Thursday, September 29, 2005

Kicking the Hammer to the Curb

I said way back in April that it was time for the House GOP to find themselves a new majority leader. Tom DeLay is an albatross around the neck of every Republican candidate in the country, and people are coming to see him as just another example of GOP greed, corruption, and power-madness (those, that is, who didn't see him that way already). The Republicans in the House have done in just over a decade what it took the Democrats forty years to do - become infinitely more interested in keeping their grasp on power than on doing what they promise to do when they ask people to vote for them.

DeLay is a powerful symbol of the cancer within today's Republican party, the rottenness that has taken control of a once Grand Old Party and turned it into little more (and there are, of course, exceptions) than a collection of sycophants and automatons, robotically attending fundraisers and voting the party line.

This Republican's not going to defend Tom DeLay. I'm not going to say he's been a "great majority leader" or a "good ally" or anything else. He's a liability to our party, and he ought to resign permanently as Majority Leader. If he does not, if he returns to his post under any circumstances, our entire caucus will be painted with the same slimy brush of ethical stink - and frankly I don't want that to be my GOP.

House Republicans have a choice here - they can turn their backs on the greed, corruption, and power madness of the last decade and offer a renewed vision for America, or they can continue to grasp madly at the last straws of their faded "ideals" and just await the rout that will someday come (possibly sooner rather than later).

I know not what course others may take, but as for me, I'll stand for change.

5 Comments:

At 8:19 AM, Blogger cakreiz said...

It's interesting that the GOP leadership periodically rids itself of high profile baggage (Gingrich, Livingston, now DeLay). I don't recall Congressional Dems doing the same but I'm sure I'm overlooking someone (can't recall the details on Speaker Wright, e.g.). Are there comparable examples?

 
At 10:34 AM, Blogger Phil S said...

Jeremy, don't bet on too many Republicans distancing themselves from Delay-his power of the campaign funds is too strong-and they know it.

 
At 10:38 AM, Blogger Jessica said...

It's hard to find a lot of Republicans that aren't tied to scandal or corruption. Blunt is among the 13 most corrupt people in Congress

 
At 12:56 PM, Blogger Terry said...

Unfortunately, Phil is right. House Republicans are all too consumed with "The Hammer's" ability to bring in millions and will stand by him, even though every single one of them know that he is as corrupt as a modern politican can get.

 
At 5:04 PM, Blogger yellojkt said...

Rostenkowski is a high level Democrat that got driven out of office for egregious misdeeds. This is not a Republican problem. The GOP just happen to be closest to the cookie jar this time. Power corrupts and...

Delay had a lot of power based on his fund raising savvy. Like Rove with leaks, you eventually get cocky and go one toe over the line.

 

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