Saturday, January 07, 2006

Tom Delay Steps Down

It is an absolute delight to report in the very first post of 2006 that Tom Delay is stepping down and majority leader. Could it be that the singing of lobbyist Jack Abramoff has made Delay finally realize that if he didn't quit he would be an even bigger liabilty to his party than he already is? This does NOT mean the end of Conservative Republican influence in Congress and it would be a serious mistake to think that it is. It is just so good to see them on the defensive. For 2006 there should be two objectives for the true progressive in the United States: 1) End the war in Iraq and 2) Impeach George W. Bush. The third would would have been to remove Tom Delay from his position of leadership, but he has done that himself. This acid tongued extremist still doesn't admit to any wrongdoing even though facts claim otherwise. I still have the image of Delay's goons intimidating people in Florida who were trying feverishly to count votes during the Bush/Gore fiasco. I also remember the images of rage on the faces of elected Democrats in Texas when they saw their districts gerrymandered to favor Conservative Republican candidates. I remember reading of how Delay operatives demanded huge sums of money from major US corporations to Conservative Republican candidates or they would not be able to do business in those areas of Texas. In his feeble question for reelection Tom Delay was running at 36% when the unnamed generic Democratic candidate had 49%. Even if Delay is replaced by a like minded Republican or Democratic all those years of seniority will have vanished. The removal of Tom Delay from a position of power and influence is a great way to start off a new year.

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