Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Go Away, Tom DeLay

The Times reports that Tom DeLay is still basically running the show for the GOP House caucus, weeks after he stepped down as majority leader upon being indicted. In fact, their headline calls him "a king without a crown." The article quotes several Republican representatives saying they still value DeLay's advice and leadership, and his aides say he doesn't mind dispensing it (there's a shocker) because he views his loss of title as temporary.

This is a slap in the face to the Republican caucus. Tom DeLay has been indicted. He should not be leading our party in the House (he shouldn't have been long before he was indicted, but that bridge has been crossed). He is a stain on the GOP and frankly he ought to be nowhere near any leadership discussions. Once the charges are dealt with, if the caucus decides they want him back as leader (blech!), then let them deal with it, and let them run with the DeLay albatross around their necks next fall. Wise Republicans will run the other way.


At 9:15 AM, Anonymous Paul Wartenberg said...

It basically means DeLay never stepped down like he's supposed to. The blatant hypocrisy of it all. They might as well just give him the Majority post back and then genuflect before him during every photo op. And then lose the 2006 midterms because I can't see most GOP voters putting these clowns back in office when they show no integrity or respect for rules.
Will someone, ANYONE, please run in DeLay's district and get rid of this guy? Yo, check over in the Libertarian Party, they might actually have a shot at getting some congressional seats this time...

At 3:01 PM, Anonymous SoCalPundit said...

I think you will find that in a very short time the "indictment" against Tom DeLay will be thrown out on the basis that there is not a shred of evidence that DeLay or The GOP was a party to money laundering and that the original charge of conspiring to violate campaign finance reform was not even against the law at the time the incident occurred.

Looking forward to read your sorrow when Tom DeLay once again takes his seat as majority leader!

At 10:08 PM, Blogger ProudCentrist said...

I agree with you and Paul. It is sheer hypocrisy to have Tom DeLay still functioning in the role of Majority Leader, even without the title. That is wrong. I agree, DeLay should have been removed as Majority Leader long ago for his hubris. Even if we have a conservative, let's choose someone more humble, like Reynolds or Kennedy.

SoCalPundit, you got it wrong. Even if the indictment is crap, for which I am pretty sure you are correct, DeLay should not be the de facto leader because of that indictment. That's the way the rules work, and DeLay should have respect enough for those rules.


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