The Airing of Grievances
Tuesday, January 04, 2005
I Smell A Rat
The news making its way around all the blogs is that Tom Delay and his henchmen have done a complete about face on their reprehensible positions with respect to House ethics rules. From the Associated Press:
House Republicans suddenly reversed course Monday, deciding to retain a tough standard for lawmaker discipline and reinstating a rule that would force Majority Leader Tom DeLay to step aside if indicted by a Texas grand jury.Well, I'd love to shower Delay with adulation, but really, there has to be more than meets the eye here. Delay and his cronies worked damned hard to rescind the indictment rule. And then Boom!, just like that they have an attack of morality and reinstate the thing? I'm not buying it. At all.
The surprise dual decisions were made by Speaker Dennis Hastert and by DeLay - who asked GOP colleagues to undo the extreme act of loyalty they handed him in November. Then, Republicans changed a party rule, so DeLay could have retained his leadership post if indicted by the grand jury in Austin that charged three of the Texas Republican's associates.
When Republicans began their closed-door meeting Monday night, leaders were considering a rules change that would have made it tougher to rebuke a House member for misconduct. The proposal would have required a more specific finding of ethical violations than is now required.
Republicans gave no indication before the meeting that the indictment rule would be changed. Even more surprising was DeLay's decision to make the proposal himself.
Perhaps Delay has assurances that he will not be indicted, perhaps someone has pictures of him sodomomizing wild goats or perhaps someone stood up to his unethical ass and told him enough is enough. But for one-hundred percent certain, Delay was surely not the ringleader here simply because it was the right thing to do.