ABC, MSNBC and CNN have confirmed that Tom DeLay will not seek reelection.
This goes to show that even in DC the classical tragic flaws of hubris and greed can bring you down. You just have to get really f-cking egregious about it. Good riddance, Tom.
Time has the rest of the story.
Kevin Drum asks the pertinent question: How long before the other shoe drops?
From Josh Marshall, a run-down of the amazingly criminal circle with which DeLay surrounded himself.
And of course, Duncan Black has a classic from Hewitt:
A Texas prosecutor with a history of abuse of his office, Ronnie Earle, has indicted Tom DeLay. Earle is a sort of Jim Garrison without the integrity. Soon to follow: Giant MSM coverage, show trial, acquittal and exoneration, DeLay’s return to Majority Leader for another 20 years.
Thank god the German language lets you throw together unrelated phrases into a longer-but-catchy word that takes on a cultural life of its own. Zeitgeist is one. Schadenfreude is another.
I’m late to the party on this one, but DeLay is resigning his seat as well. It seems like two basic storylines can explain this. Either he doesn’t expect to beat Nick Lampson and wants to clear a special election so that the party can keep his seat, or else he doesn’t want to exit Congress in shackles. Place your bets.