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Delay's Judas Kiss

April 10, 2005

As Malcolm Gladwell might put it, the Tom Delay saga may have reached a "tipping point." Across the House, the Senate and even the White House, Delay is under a withering assault from his erstwhile Republican allies.
Many in the GOP, including the leadership, increasingly view Delay's judicial jihad and ethics imbroglio as threatening the Republican Congressional majorities in 2006. And while momentum has been building for his ouster, Delay's doom may be sealed by his own friends:

  • Christopher Shays (R-CT), April 9, 2005.
  • "He is an absolute embarrassment to me and to the Republican Party...Do I think Tom DeLay will be the majority leader by the end of this term? No. I don't think Tom DeLay is going to survive. He goes to the edge and he goes beyond. Even knowing there's a microscope on him, he continues to do these things."

  • GOP Consultant, Delay Associate Jack Abramoff, April 8, 2005.
  • "Those S.O.B.s [DeLay and his staffers]. DeLay knew everything. He knew all the details."

  • Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), April 10, 2005.
  • "I think he has to come forward and lay out what he did and why he did it and let the people then judge for themselves."

  • Senator Bill Frist (R-TN), April 5, 2005.
  • "I believe we have a fair and independent judiciary today. I respect that."

  • Vice President Dick Cheney, April 2, 2005.
  • "I don't think that's appropriate [to call for retribution against specific judges]. There's a reason why judges get lifetime appointments."

  • President George Bush, April 8, 2005.
  • "I believe in an independent judiciary. I believe in proper checks and balances."

    Delay, the once-and-future pest control salesman, came to Washington wanting to bring a "biblical worldview" to government. It now appears that the man who routinely compares himself to Jesus, has received his Judas kiss. (Or in the case of Rick Santorum, a much less gay hearty handshake of betrayal.)

    2 comments on “Delay's Judas Kiss”

    1. The Republicans have brought this about themselves by having the religious nuts in power we the Dems have just pushed for the truth to come out.The fiasco with Schiavo case and like you say his judicial jihad perhaps Coryn will follow before long.
      Tom DeLay leaving will be beginning of their fall from power.
      This is one of my favorite comments on DeLay from another Republican.
      But in private, some senior leaders are saying it's only a matter of time before the most powerful Republican in Congress is forced from office. "Democrats should save their money. Why murder someone who is committing suicide?" said a senior GOP lawmaker, on condition of anonymity


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