I’m seeing news reports in the past hour that Republican House Majority Leader Tom Delay has given up his pledge to return to his leadership post once his legal trouble subside.
The only thing I can say is …. GOODBYE TOM!
Just last evening, I was fretting to PatriotPartner that if the House (and Senate) GOP don’t start taking care of their problems and remembering why we sent them there in 1994… that I felt as if there was a good chance the Republicans could lose at least the Senate this November.
I’m not the only Republican voter feeling that way as I spoke to an equally angry North Carolinian on my flight yesterday. And I couldn’t agree more with this Wall Street Journal piece.
Cleaning House – Banish the Abramoff Republicans – OpinionJournal.com
This week’s plea agreement by “super-lobbyist” Jack Abramoff has Republicans either rushing to return his campaign contributions in an act of cosmetic distancing, accuse Democrats of being equally corrupt, or embrace some new “lobbying reform” that would further insulate Members of Congress from political accountability.
Here’s a better strategy: Banish the Abramoff crowd from polite Republican society, and start remembering why you were elected in the first place.
Republicans won’t escape voter anger by writing new rules but only by returning to their self-professed principles. Gradually since 1994 they’ve decided they want to reform and limit government less than they want to use government to entrench their own power, and in the case of the Abramoffs to get rich doing so. If Speaker Dennis Hastert, interim Majority Leader Roy Blunt and other GOP leaders are too insulated to realize this, then Republicans need new leaders, and right away.
I think the disappearance of Tom DeLay is a good first (and only first) step.
UPDATE (from GPW): It’s uncanny sometimes how Bruce & I think a lot alike. I had hoped to post on this, seeing this as a good sign for the GOP. And a sign of Tom DeLay putting his party ahead of his own ambitions. But, alas, I had been having problems logging onto to our page and so couldn’t post. While I admire many of DeLay’s political and leadership skills, he had, in the end, become a liability for the GOP. He clearly saw the writing on the wall.