Sunday, April 10, 2005

Twilight for Tom DeLay

How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!
2 Samuel 1:25,27
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay represents Texas Congressional District 22, a gerrymandered district consisting of a few suburban communities south of Houston, Texas.

Source: US Census Bureau

DeLay has served District 22 for more than 20 years. In the process, his agressive modus operandi has earned him the nickname The Hammer from his congressional colleagues.

With the minority Democratic party largely in disarray during the Bush Administrations, DeLay reveled in the Tyranny of the Majority, exerting his will on all legislation within his reach and preaching at the American people from his bully pulpit atop the majority party.

Today, it appears that Mr. DeLay has finally gone too far. As DeLay and his close allies make unseemly comments about the judiciary, as President Bush and Congress's approval ratings continue to slide, and as new and damaging ethics allegations surface regarding DeLay's relationship with lobbyists, Republicans are increasingly viewing Tom DeLay as a liability.

DeLay's days as Majority Leader are clearly numbered -- that much is all but certain. What's decidedly uncertain is how the Democratic and Republican parties will react to this McCarthy-esque example of ambition and power run amok.

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