Monday, November 28, 2005

No More DeLay

Roll Call reports today that former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has "already drafted a letter to House Republican Conference Chairwoman Deborah Pryce (Ohio) informing her that he is ready to return as Majority Leader, several Republican sources said." The letter will apparently be dispatched immediately if a judge dismisses charges against DeLay for money laundering and conspiracy.

The article goes on to note that while DeLay seems to enjoy contined support within the caucus (for reasons beyond comprehension to me), "an anti-DeLay faction in the Conference appears to be growing, ... with some senior Republicans privately estimating their ranks at around 60 lawmakers."

It is well past time for new GOP leadership. No matter whether the charges against DeLay are tossed or not, the Republican Party needs a new face, and that face should not be Tom DeLay's.


At 12:12 PM, Blogger Phil S said...

Absolutely correct, JBD!! Tom Delay is a cancer over the entire House, and hopefully will even be beaten next year!!!

At 2:33 PM, Anonymous Paul Wartenberg said...

DeLay is part of a culture of corruption that has ruined the Republican Party over the past 10 years. Allowing him to come back to any position of authority will be an insult to voters and would give Democrats an easy target for the midterms.
What amazes me is the current lack of chatter about Rep. Cunningham (R-CA), who just pleaded guilty today to charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud, and tax evasion. There's still the Abramoff scandal blowing the corrupt lobbyist system wide open, there's Frist and his seeing-eye trusts, you've got nearly the entire congressional leadership getting caught in unethical behavior. You can't say this is a vast left-wing liberal Democrat conspiracy: this is Republicans getting themselves caught committing crimes! How much of this lack of ethics will it take for the voters to disown a party that won't reform itself?

At 4:32 PM, Blogger Carol Gee said...

Wasn't there someone who once said, "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." I am sorry to say the man is from my Southwest U.S. neighborhood.


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