GEORGE W. Bush looks to be heading for anywhere but a “place in history” as a further blow to his administration is landed with the resignation as majority leader in the House of Representatives, albeit temporarily, of key ally and Capitol Hill presidential enforcer, Tom DeLay …
What is so striking about this turn of events is how inexorably, the “straight-talking” neoconservative message of the Bush White House is being exposed as anything but straight and the “no-nonsense” policy on terror anything but sense.
It's unclear whether DeLay's indictment will taint Republicans next year. A USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll in April found that 38% had an unfavorable opinion about DeLay. But nearly as many, 35%, had never heard of him or had no opinion of the then-majority leader.
Voters don't need to know who DeLay is for Democrats to make gains in 2006, Dartmouth University political scientist Linda Fowler said. "The only message they need to know is that their member of Congress took money from somebody who's in trouble legally."
In all, 17 Texas House Republicans who received funds from DeLay's Texas political action committee -- formally known as Texans for the Republican Majority or TRMPAC -- were elected. That result gave the party control of the House and enabled it to orchestrate a redrawing of the boundaries of congressional districts in a manner calculated to favor Republican candidates.
The result: Five more Texas Republicans were elected to the U.S. House in 2004, a stunning political success that dimmed the Democrats' chances of wresting away political control of Congress. DeLay has long acknowledged this was his goal. But yesterday he denied knowing about the key transfers of funds between Texas and Washington.
If This Is Integrity...: Delay, Frist, Abramoff, Safavian... Wasn't this the crowd that was going to "restore honor and integrity" to Washington? If this is what integrity looks like, let's bring back Oval Office blow jobs.
Dear Mrs. Huffington, we know that you have been well informed on certain techniques, but doesn’t the current resident of said office make it a bit unpalatable so to speak? Would you like some umbrage when I find it or if I can get Brownie to share his?
Jeff Gannon: "Um, Ms. Clifton ..."