Well, if this isn't a sad day for Texas. We've lost our strongest leader in the U.S. congress. Rep. Tom DeLay, majority leader in the House, aka "The Hammer". The Hammer is quitting and he swears the timing of his announcement has nothing to do with two of his former aides--the latest being Tony Rudy, DeLay's former deputy chief of staff--pleading guilty to charges against them and cooperating with prosecutors. DeLay's decision at this particular time is just coincidence, he assures us.
I haven't read much about it. DeLay is a great depository of my hatred for what's wrong with republicans and, since they now control the country, what's wrong with the nation. It's become totally corrupted.
But in opting to leave congress, I find it odd that if the downfall, one-by-one, of his aides, his associates has nothing to do with his resignation from office, why DeLay doesn't at least have the juevos to finish out his freakin' term like he was elected to do?
The reason given is, he faces a tough challenge for his seat in the upcoming November election in his democratic opponent, Nick Lampson. Dada finds this odd. If every member of congress who faced a tough reelection challenger, just resigned rather than complete the term they were elected to do by and for their constituents, it's conceivable there would be mass resignations of representatives whose backs are now against the wall of bad odds.
Maybe this isn't really DeLay's reason for his quick exit. Maybe it's because he's just a quitter. Or, more likely, he's simply politically and morally corrupt.
One of DeLay's lawyers said that DeLay was "bitterly disappointed" that a trusted advisor has turned out to be corrupt and expressed optimism he will be vindicated. (Does DeLay realize what "pleading guilty" to charges against you implies? Like maybe wrong doing? Like maybe guilt??!!)
And while DeLay packs his bags and prepares to get the hell out of town, he continues to assure all of us:
"The Abramoff investigation has nothing to do with me," he said. "I've never broken a law, nor the spirit of the law."
"This is totally a political operation, using our criminal justice system for political purposes and political gain."
Well, I suppose when you get so deep in stink you can't even smell it. Not even your own.
And what's next for DeLay? Well, my wife tells me he's leaving the state of Texas for Virginia (where he'll be close to the action he so dearly has grown to love--and profit from). Why waste precious time staying in congress, finishing his job and defending his reputation as a great legislator while watching his legacy being impugned from the results of a lengthy investigation. Better to get on with his new life, doing his same old shit, I'm sure.