January 07, 2006

DeLay Steps Aside

The former pest exterminator agrees to "permanently step aside" as Majority Leader in the House. Good riddance. Now, when will Bob Ney be forced out as Chairman of the Committee on House Administration? It should have happened Friday, and it better happen first thing next week--preferably before the likely indictment is handed down...

Posted by Gregory at January 7, 2006 06:31 PM | TrackBack (0)
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This isn't about Delay, or Ney, or any single group of individuals. This is about a GOP establishment that is corrupt through and through... Jane over at Firedoglake provides a succinct explanation of this point....

The notion that the temperate puritans of the GOP are now going to clean up Dodge having caught their first fetid whiff of Tom Delay's imprudence is a real knee slapper.

Let's recall that when the House Ethics Committee found DeLay guilty not one but three times of ethics violations, Dennis Hastert and the GOP responded by removing the GOP Chairman Joel Hefley and the other uncooperative GOP committee members and replacing them with more morally pliant DeLay henchmen. They then changed the House rules in 2004 to accommodate DeLay's continued leadership despite his quite obvious violation of the regulations the Republicans had enacted like shrieking vestals during the Clenis era.

I've no doubt the cranky Hefley was the first to sign the petition for DeLay's ouster; he was also the only Republican who supported the bill to repeal the changes to House rules that allowed DeLay to retain his sovereignty while under indictment. But lest anyone want to make Hefley a hero remember that he had initially voted for the changes the first time around -- his Come to Jesus moment had more to do with his removal from a powerful committee chair than any tender pangs of conscience. ...

...this race to the altar has little to do with any newfound awareness within the GOP about indecorousness of its own ranks. They have both known about it and institutionally facilitated it all along. Their decision to try and grab the moral high ground just as the public is becoming acquainted with the shenaniganss they've all been co-signing for years is nothing short of ribald comedy.

http://firedoglake.blogspot.com/2006_01_01_firedoglake_archive.html#113667219078160412

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