Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Tom DeLay: The Hammer Falls

Nine months ago the most powerful man in Congress. Today, chicken-s___ quitter.

Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), a primary architect of the Republican majority who became one of the most powerful and feared leaders in Washington, said this morning that he will give up his seat rather than face a reelection fight that appears increasingly unwinnable.


The decision came three days after Tony C. Rudy, his former deputy chief of staff, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and corruption charges, telling federal prosecutors of a criminal enterprise being run out of DeLay's leadership offices. Rudy's plea agreement did not implicate DeLay in any illegal activities, but by placing the influence-buying efforts of disgraced Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff directly in DeLay's operation, the former aide may have made an already difficult reelection bid all but out of reach.

On the one hand, I'm inclined to think: it couldn't happen to a better guy. I hope the SOB gets burried under a blizzard of indictments and convictions in the coming months and years for all the crap he pulled in Texas' redistricting and helping that sleazeball Jack Abramoff buy off the Republic Party in Washington.

On the other hand, he had a good chance of actually losing he re-election bid this November, and I would have loved to see him suffer that ignominious fate -- and then get taken down with indictments and convictions.


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