Friday :: Apr 8, 2005

"I don't feel I have to wipe everybody out, Tom. Just my enemies."

by rayman

Salon has a number of terrific articles today outlining various angles to the DeLay soap opera. Lou Dubose summarizes DeLay's Corleone-esque ascent to power. I thought this graf was highly revealing:

Though he is routinely linked to Newt Gingrich, whose reform movement that same year promised to sweep corrupt Democrats from power, DeLay was never one of Newt's revolutionaries. He had worked on the campaign of Ed Madigan, whom Gingrich defeated in a race for minority whip when Dick Cheney left the House to take a position in the administration of the first President Bush in 1989. Cheney had made DeLay a deputy whip. After DeLay backed Gingrich's opponent in the whip race, Gingrich shut him out of the House leadership.

In addition, this article by David Paul Kuhn explains why House Republicans and movement conservatives are dutifully lining up behind him. Quoth the estimable Charlie Cook:
"I think that conservatives are going to stick by DeLay. Number one, they see this as an attack by the liberal media to destroy their guy. They tend to discount the credibility of anything that is in the mainstream media.

"Even in a back room, the guy who stands up and says Tom DeLay has to go, they are going to have the biggest balls in town," Cook said. "DeLay is their guy. He's the guy that a lot of Republican House members, I don't know if they love him but they sure as hell fear him. [DeLay's] going to be dead and cold before they turn on him."

Privately, of course, Republicans are fretting, wondering if there is a point where DeLay will hurt more than he helps. They may ultimately decide that he does hurt more -- but they're not there yet. "I think if this is death by a thousand cuts, DeLay has a couple hundred more before he's dead," Cook added.

Which is the last thing that Rove and Cheney would like to hear.

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