Tuesday, April 04, 2006

 

Departing Without DeLay

And the walls came down.

The end to a rather spectacular career, though at this point, hardly surprising.

Of course, there is the usual blame-the-political-enemy for one's woes:
"I refuse to allow liberal Democrats an opportunity to steal this seat with a negative personal campaign," DeLay said. "The voters of the 22nd district of Texas deserve a campaign about the vital national issues that they care most about and that affect their lives every day and not a campaign focused solely as a referendum on me."
We discussed this proclivity just a few days ago.

You know, Mr. DeLay, the old "I'm quitting because I can't win in this political environment" line would have been a little more convincing had your former deputy chief of staff not plead guilty last week -- with the likelihood of other ex-aides being indicted soon.

Of course, the-moving-to-a-Virginia-suburb so you are no longer eligible to be on the Texas ballot is something of a new stunt. However, DeLay's getting out now so the Republicans can put someone else (who has a greater shot at winning) on the ballot -- even though the primary is over -- does have precedent: Ironically, it would be
this situation involving a certain ethics-challenged former Demorcatic Senator!

Maybe Bob and Tom can now form a bipartisan lobbying firm!


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