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Putting The Hammer Down

Sunday, Jan. 08, 2006 12:03 AM

Tom DeLay has thrown in the towel. In a letter to Speaker Dennis J. Hastert and his fellow House Republicans, DeLay says, "The job of majority leader and the mandate of the Republican majority are too important to be hamstrung ... by personal distractions."

DeLay also affirms that his conduct has been in keeping with House Ethics and the laws of the land.

Of course, the day wouldn't be complete without House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi taking a swing at DeLay's back as he heads out the door, describing DeLay as the architect of a, "culture of corruption," that is, "... so pervasive .... that a single person stepping down is not nearly enough to clean up the Republican Congress."

Dial it back a bit, Congresswoman. I think the process could benefit from a dose of, "judge not, lest ye be judged in the same measure." (That is not to say Mr. DeLay should get a 'Get Out of Jail Free' card, but let's focus on the issues; if the ethics and judicial process work, DeLay will enjoy the fruits of his own hand.)

Former interim Iraqi administrator L. Paul Bremer told NBC that the United States wasn't prepared for the insurgency in Iraq.

No, really?

Did we think the Ba'athists (loyalists, rejectionists, Saddamists, and whatever-ists are being painted as the source of all our woes in Iraq) were just going to stand back and take it in the shorts?

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