January 5, 2006

Sorry Tom

I have to side with the folks at NRO (holy cow! write this date down!) that Leader DeLay is damaged from the Ronnie Earle imbroglio and will soon be ensnared in the Abramoff contretemps. Whether there is a yet undiscovered kerfuffle, who knows?

I should be serious because this is sad. Rep DeLay, as NRO points out, has done a good job for the GOP. He gets the administration agenda through the house (JohnGalt pointed out that we needed "The Hammer") and he drives Silence crazy; he must be a good guy.

I think he is blameless in the Earle indictment and likely pretty clean, legally, with Abramoff. But we are facing an election year and he will be viewed as damaged goods by the media and moderates.

I don't think it was fair that Senator Lott was forced to step down but he did it for the good of the party. DeLay must now do the same.

We hope Delay clears his name, and it is notable that he wasn't explicitly referred to in the plea agreement. The winds frequently shift in Washington and it might be that a year or two from now leadership elections are held every two years a clearly innocent DeLay will be poised for a comeback. It will certainly help earn the goodwill of his colleagues if he realizes the wisdom of remaining, for now, a backbencher.

Another point -- a tipping point -- is DeLay's assertion that years of GOP rule have trimmed all the pork out of the budget. I'll wait for you to get up off the floor now and clean up a bit.

Were he just the victim of un-provable charges, he should stay. But in fact he is emblematic of the shift toward incumbency that we've seen in the GOP house between the 104th and 109th Congress. Thanks, Mr. Leader. Bye.

Politics Posted by John Kranz at January 5, 2006 11:08 AM

Drives me crazy doesn't even begin to cover it JK. To me he is emblematic of all that is wrong with politics, power mongering, corrupt, and completely disconnected from real world reality. He openly brandished his "black book" of donors and would refuse to see those that were not in it. Not only his budget pork comment, but his assertion that "luckliy no one actually raises a family on minimum wage" Don't even get me started on his gerrymandering. The fact that he may be innocent says more about our laws and ethics rules than it does about his behavior.

Posted by: Silence Dogood at January 6, 2006 4:13 AM

Fair enough. I would ask:

-- Are there other Republican House members you respect?
-- Do you think the Democratic leadership is better on the points you make?

I find leader Pelosi emblematic of what's wrong with Democrats. She brings no ideas to the table, reflexively opposes the administration -- and her quick jump to Rep Murtha's "cut and run" was irresponsible. I do respect Reps. Jane Harman, Stony Hoyer and Harold Ford. Any of these would make a better minority leader.

As for Rep. DeLay, I can take or leave him. He is effective but he does personify the GOP slide I described.

We agree on gerrymandering but I can't say that DeLay handled it any differently than in most other states. Don't know specifics on your "Black Book" story; sounds bad (I'll assuming its true because it's from you).

The minimum wage comment I didn't hear but it should be "Nobody SHOULD raise a family on minimum wage." That would be correct in politics, economics, and morality. Better to let society create better jobs than raise the minimum wage.

Posted by: jk at January 6, 2006 11:55 AM | What do you think? [2]