April 4, 2006

DeLay is Done

Tom Delay, former Republican House Majority leader, will not run for reelection. He is announcing that he will resign from Congress. For a guy as combative and angry as Delay to give up the fight means that he must be in profound legal trouble. A whole string of Delay staffers have been pleading guilty and agreeing to testify, and as we all know from Law and Order, these things move up the chain, and Tom Delay is at the top. There will be some games to be played in Delay's Texas district, as he has to be replaced on the ballot, Salon has details.

Delay remains defiant. From Time:

Taking defiant swipes at "the left" and the press, he said he feels "liberated" and vowed to pursue an aggressive speaking and organizing campaign aimed at promoting foster care, Republican candidates and a closer connection between religion and government.

His speaking and organizing campaign not going to be very aggressive, because he's going to have to conduct them from prison. I'm sure every Republican candidate in the Nation is now going to pretend that they never new the guy.

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, it's going to be a good day, I can tell already.

1 comment:

jess said...

ok, I can understand why he would pull out. Whether it's the whole picture or not, he's claiming he backed out because he didn't want to risk having a democrat beat him. And this actually makes sense. He can give the whole 'good of the party' bullshit. But, I really don't understand why he's actually resigning. Does he think he'll be convicted of something between now and the fall? I don't get it. Anyone?