January 7, 2006

About Those Minnesota Republicans...

Hatched by Dafydd

Just a quick, cheap-shot response to John Hinderaker's Power Line post about the Minnesota Republican congressional contingent joining the call for Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) to step down as House majority leader, a call he heeded today (much to my dismay; in this sense, Quixotic Democratic D.A. Ronnie Earle won: he forced DeLay from his leadership position, even if the entire, trumped-up case against DeLay collapses before trial).

Hindrocket wrote:

Two Minnesota Congressmen, Jim Ramstad and my own Representative, John Kline, are supporting the petition....

There aren't a lot of people whose judgment I defer to on principle, but John is one of them. If he thinks a change in leadership will be good for the party, the Congress and the country, that's good enough for me.

Well, I suppose. Of course, it probably doesn't hurt that DeLay's DeParture now opens up the second-highest leadership position in Congress, on which DeLay had a DeLock until now... and that the two top candidates to replace him are Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) and former Republican Conference Chairman John Boehner (R-OH)... both fellow Midwesterners of Ramstad and Kline (and incidently Hinderaker), as opposed to DeSoutherner, DeLay.

But I'm sure we can rely on their national stature not to allow regional chauvinism to DeCide their positions on the leadership fight!

Hatched by Dafydd on this day, January 7, 2006, at the time of 1:42 PM

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The following hissed in response by: RBMN

We don't know.

Delay might even prefer it this way for the time being. He believes, with good reason, that it's precisely because he was Republican majority leader, that Earle went after him, and being seen as a top Washington power broker doesn't really help him in his current battles. It just makes him a bigger target.

The above hissed in response by: RBMN [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 7, 2006 9:55 PM

The following hissed in response by: napablogger

First of all, you have been writing a lot of good stuff, keep it up. On Delay, somehow I just can't work up a lot of sympathy for him either--he really has become a liability, if technically he hasn't done anything illegal, he sure seems to be enjoying a lot of job perks that most of us never get. And a Congressman who is moving up the ranks isn't even in my quadrant of the country!

The above hissed in response by: napablogger [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 8, 2006 10:07 PM

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