(thanks to P.J. O'Rourke for the title of this post).
Well, well boys. Looks like some of the sleazy business of campaigning is coming home to roost for the Bush Administration's Congressional hatchet-man.
Tom DeLay (R-TX) was indicted for accepting illegal campaign donations in Texas.
Read the text of the indictment here.
With this, the ethical Martha Stewart-like problems plaguing Bill Frist (R-TN), it seems that the Republican majority in Congress, and indeed their leadership is having as many credibility problems as the President.
What does all of this mean in the long run? It seems that the Republicans, political capital long spent, have entered the "locust years" of their wave that started in 1994 with their seizure of the majority in Congress, topped out with the 2000 and 2004 elections of a Republican president, and came crashing down as the war lingers with no solution, the response to a national disaster was botched and the realization of their plight sets in.
This seems, for the GOP, to be the typical second term syndrome that hits all Presidents who serve twice. The second term is brutal, unforgiving and only made worse when problems hit concerning credibility.
Read this excellent piece by David Green. It really captures the hopeless position that the current ruling faction finds themselves in. You know it is serious when Bob Novak is wondering about the dedication of the GOP base.
Look out because the 2006 mid-term Congressional elections just got a whole lot more important. There could be a real change because of these lingering concerns.
Or people can go on being afraid and stupid and leave these morons at the switch.
Balls in your court. Wanna play?
Year in review
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