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Tom DeLay Steps Aside

A newsy Saturday for political junkies.  Embattled House Majority Leader Tom DeLay today said he would give up his effort to remain in his post.

Read the letter DeLay sent to House Speaker Hastert.

And here is the letter he sent to his House Republican colleagues.

Stay tuned.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 7, 2006; 1:27 PM ET
Categories:  House  
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The "belly of the beast" as you call it is America. The people who live there are Americans asshole!!!

Posted by: Peter Simpson | January 8, 2006 4:49 AM | Report abuse

Looks like the Republicans are in heavy damage control mode. This does not bode well for their overall election possibilities this year. True, November is a long way away, but at this rate, it is seems that the Republican Party is wounded in the eyes of the public and are about to lose the power they've had of recent. DeLay's recent actions only go to prove that the GOP has reached a point of no return.
Let's face it: 2000 through 2004 were a fluke for the Republicans. They barely got George Bush into the White House in 2000, and then they got a big boost from 9/11 in 2001. We had a post-9/11 era where they won control of Congress and the White House, but then 2005 and Hurricane Katrina came along, and we are now in a post post-9/11 era wherein their hold on power is crumbling. Being that this current Abramoff scandal is added to the Plame CIA leak scandal, added to the domestic surveillance scandal, added to the first Tom DeLay scandal, added to the Bill Frist scandal, added to the Duke Cunningham scandal, added to the discontent with the Iraq war, added to the discontent over Katrina, I just don't see how the American public is going to put up with the Republicans in power anymore.
It used to be argued that the Democrats had to put forth an agenda of their own to really get the support of the voters. Now that argument isn't even made anymore! It's easy to see where all this is leading to... the GOP is on autopilot, set to crash.

Posted by: ErrinF | January 7, 2006 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Chris I have seen nothing on Nick Lampsom I work to get him elected to congress.But left Texas an he lost. do you think he could winn. Tom Delay is done. I would like move back League city and help him can't find a trailer haller to pull my manufactured home.

Posted by: allen56@comcast.net | January 7, 2006 5:06 PM | Report abuse

My play money is on Rep. Boehner of Ohio to get the leadership position as Majority Whip Blunt is too close to Rep. Delay and has connections to Abramoff. Also, Rep. Boehner is smooth in front of a camera and with his history in leadership will cause other Republican House members to feel more secure. Frankly, though, I don't think it will make a difference in the end, as the Republican Party as a whole is seen as corrupt and rightfully so.

Posted by: Jason | January 7, 2006 2:10 PM | Report abuse

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