Saturday, January 07, 2006

DeLay Abandons Bid to Remain House Leader

Tom DeLay on Saturday abandoned his bid to remain as House majority leader, clearing the way for leadership elections among Republicans eager to shed the taint of scandal.

In a letter to rank-and-file Republicans, DeLay said, "I have always acted in an ethical manner."

At the same time, "I cannot allow our adversaries to divide and distract our attention," the Texas Republican wrote.

Hey, sounds like a ringtone to me.


Blogger <-<--esoder<---<----<----- said...

There is so much in the two quotes to expand upon.

First: In a letter to rank-and-file Republicans, DeLay said, "I have always acted in an ethical manner."

That sounds a bit like, "I'm not a crook." Maybe it depends on what your definition of "acted" is. And it's a bit of a funny argument from a Republican - usually they say they have done nothing illegal (leaving ethics out of it). In this case, he says he acted in an ethical manner (leaving legality out of it). How about Saipan? Supporting slave wages, forced prostitution, and forced abortion is acting ethically?

Then there's "I cannot allow our adversaries to divide and distract our attention," Adversaries? Are Republicans worried about backlash because of his behavior now adversaries? Funny how this statement comes out this morning when the last thing I read last night in the news was that conservative Republicans were up to 25 signatures towards their goal of 50 to force a vote for new House leadership. It's like Nixon resigning before he could be impeached - he is stepping down before his own party votes himi down.

If he is serious about thwarting division and distraction, he should resign from Congress, not just from his leadership position.

Here's what really worries me right now - the silence of Democratic leadership - I fear they are stuck with analysis paralysis. They are not sure which scandal to seize so they do nothing. Start seizing all of them! Attack on every single one of these scandals. Be sure to make it a bipartisan seizure and work with Republicans who may disagree with the principles of the Democratic party, but will agree with the prinicples of Democracy and upholding the Constitution.

And we really should do some preemptive housekeeping- if Democrats are engaged in shady dealings, I am certain that the Democratic leadership knows about it. Kick those people out of the party - not out of Congress, just make them officially NOT DEMOCRATS.

3:21 PM  
Blogger <-<--esoder<---<----<----- said...

Check out this caption from the AP next to his mugshot - a bit of editorializing from an AP photographer:

In this image released by the Harris County Sheriff's Department, a photocopy of Rep. Tom Delay's, R-Texas, arrest data sheet in this Oct, 21 2005 file photo, a day after he turned himself in Houston. DeLay permanently stepped aside as House majority leader on Jan. 7, 2006. Ever disciplined, Tom DeLay even stage-managed one of the lowest moments of his life. Summoned to a Texas court last fall, DeLay was fingerprinted and photographed like a common criminal. But what a mug shot. Immaculately groomed in jacket and tie, DeLay grinned from ear to ear, looking more like he had just won the lottery, rather than someone who was facing charges of money laundering. That was the point: control the message and your enemies can't use it against you. (AP Photo/Harris County Sheriff Dept., HO, File)

3:24 PM  

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