So Tom did the classy thing as Republicans tend to do and bowed out, for the good of the party IMAO. ........ I, for one, will miss him. He was a good man and the most effective whip the House ever had. The Democrats wanted to get rid of him and get rid of him they did.
Forgive my cynicism when watching the Dhimmicrats shriek " culture of corruption, culture of corruption, culture of corruption, culture of corruption," ad nauseum. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.....
The Hammer Departs
UPDATE: Coulter rocks;
If only liberals were half as angry at the people who flew planes into our skyscrapers as they are with Tom DeLay, we might have two patriotic parties in this country.
Any Republicans who didn't ferociously defend Tom DeLay -- which is to say, almost all Republicans in Congress, the president, and alleged conservative writers trying to impress the editorial board of The New York Times -- better hope liberals never come after them. The only proven method for a Republican to avoid having his name turned into a liberal malediction is to be completely ineffective. You'll notice there's no "Stop Lamar Alexander Before It's Too Late" Web site.
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Ed Meese, Oliver North, Clarence Pendleton, Newt Gingrich, Karl Rove, Tom DeLay -- all these men saw their names used as curse words.
Only one of them was ever indicted. To wit, the comical indictment of DeLay recently brought by political hack Ronnie Earle. To finally get some grand jury to hand up an indictment, Earle had to empanel six grand juries in Austin, Texas, which is like the Upper West Side with more attractive people. In addition, DeLay knows Republican and gambling lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his associates, who have recently pleaded guilty to various other incomprehensible charges.
DeLay's resignation may just be the gift that keeps on giving. John Fund in today's Political Journal
Rep. Tom DeLay has become a lot more unburdened in his rhetoric since he announced his departure from Congress on Sunday night.
Last night, he appeared on Fox News's "Hannity and Colmes" to discuss the Cynthia McKinney case. He didn't leave any doubt where he stood: If no other member of Congress files an ethics compliant against the Georgia congresswoman over her altercation with a Capitol Hill police officer, Mr. DeLay vowed he would file one himself before leaving Congress. He also condemned what he called Ms. McKinney's "racist" views, saying she had played the role of victim in Congress for years. He also accused her and her family of making "anti-Semitic" remarks.
That prompted a tense exchange with James W. Myart, Jr., Ms. McKinney's attorney, who last week said his client was "just a victim of being in Congress while black." Mr. Myart called Mr. DeLay "a rich white boy" who "just doesn't get it" when it comes to institutionalized racism in America. He challenged Mr. DeLay to prove any of his statements.
Ms. McKinney's record as a racial rabble-rouser speaks for itself. As for anti-Semitism, members of Congress have long told me of private remarks she has made that go over the line. Then there's her father, former State Rep. Billy McKinney. In 2002, when Mr. McKinney lost a key endorsement from former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, he unloaded on what he considered Mr. Young's betrayal: "That ain't nothing. Jews have bought everybody. Jews. J-E-W-S." Mr. McKinney has a history of such intemperate comments. In 1996, he came to his daughter's defense and called her opponent, Republican John Mitnick, a "racist Jew." The "evidence" he came up with was that Mr. Mitnick had criticized Rep. McKinney for sending her son to an elite private school while opposing school vouchers for other parents.
On second thought, Ms. McKinney may not be a racist given that the elite school she chose for her son is largely white. Rather she may be something worse: A politician who cynically employs racially-charged rhetoric in order to garner maximum political advantage while at the same time poisoning race relations. The Jim Crow South used to be full of such types a half-century ago. They were white. Perhaps it's a measure of progress that the same tactics are now available to demagogues of every race, although certainly better progress would be for politicians finally to outgrow the use of such cheap stunts to advance and protect their miserable careers.
-- John Fund