DeLay Gives Up
I guess Abramoff was one scandal too many. We won't have Tom DeLay to kick around as House Majority Leader anymore. Couldn't happen to a nicer Bugman.
But here's the problem in the House right now.
Republicans don't know who their leader will be.
Democrats have leaders that aren't leading.
I want to distinguish the House from the Senate on this. But Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic caucus should be pouncing on this. They should demand that Congress is taken out of recess, they should be talking about the Abramoff scandals, they should be pushing back the "everybody does it" meme that in their absence appears to be taking hold (I just saw the MSNBC stooge say "Democrats are caught up in this too). WE know the truth but the nonpartisan, inattentive voter doesn't, and if you're going to launch a national strategy you need to do it NOW while the press is bad for the GOP and the getting's good for us. Just explain to the American public WHY Congress isn't allowed to do their job right now. The House is in recess because they're in turmoil, and here's why, there's this Republican lobbyist who gave perks for favors, and here's the trips, and here's the legislation he pushed through, and this is part of a larger culture of corruption, and (most important) HERE'S OUR IDEA TO REFORM THE SYSTEM. The GOP has a lobbying reform package and the Dems don't. Are they nuts?
Strike while the iron is hot, guys. And it's burning up in the Repubs' hands currently.