MoonDawg's Den: Good-Bye and Good Riddance

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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Good-Bye and Good Riddance

Tom DeLay called it quits yesterday. His reasons vary depending on where you read them, but from what I can gather, he didn't want to lose his reelection bid. He was facing a stiff challenge from former Rep. Nick Lampson. Fearing to leave his conservative district to an "evil" democrat, DeLay took the easy way out. So much for being "The Hammer."

I say good-bye and good riddance to the congressman. For many years he has used dirty politics, such as redistricting Texas to marginalize Democrats (Utah Republicans tried the same thing to oust Democrat Jim Matheson, but to no avail). The House and the country will be better without him.

Listen to what Jack Cafferty had to say. Amen, Jack!

Cheers,
Jeff

2 Comments:

  • I say "good riddance" as well. While DeLay was an effective party leader in the House, he was also responsible for much of the explosion in pork spending over the last several years. Last year he said there was no fat left to cut in the federal budget, an utterly absurd statement.

    As to Texas redistricting, listening to a Dem complain about gerrymandering is a bit rich, since Democratic state houses have been doing it for decades. However no matter which party does it, it's bad for democracy.

    By Blogger Garry, At 10:49 AM, April 05, 2006  

  • I about fell off my chair when I heard DeLay's statement about the budget (I caught it on CNN when he said it), and I thought, "Who do you think you're kidding?" I'm glad he's gone.

    As for redistricting, it is wrong. The article you linked to is fascinating and well-written. For either side to say that one party is more guilty is absurd as you point out. It varies from state to state. In Utah, where I live, it's the Republicans who do it (We have about a 90% to 10% Republican majority). From the article, it sounds like in Georgia that it's the Dems who are guilty.

    Either way, it is bad.

    Cheers,
    Jeff

    By Blogger Jeff, At 12:46 PM, April 05, 2006  

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