January 25, 2006

Old Times

Tantalizing bit of gossip from TPM. Back in 1998 at the height of the Clinton impeachment drama (Remember when sex was the only thing that Presidents did wrong?) Newt Gingrinch was tossed out as speaker of the House after the Republicans lost seats in the 1998. The new GOP leader was going to be one Bob Livingston. But it quickly emerged that Bob had fooled around and beacuse the GOP was in the middle of a sexual witch-hunt, they couldn't have a sinful leader so he dropped out in favor of Dennis Hastert, who is basically Tom Delay's puppet and has remained Speaker of the House to this day. The new bit:

Prosecutors now checking if Abramoff and Scanlon took Livingston down at DeLay's behest.

Sun Tzu, Machiavelli, Clausewitz: Pikers, Amateurs, Fools. If turns out to be true Tom Delay will go down as one the great political in-fighters in history. I'm sure going to miss him.

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