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Blunt picked to replace DeLay as US House leader

DeLay said his legal problems will not derail the Republican agenda.

"If the Democrats think we're going to go crawl in a hole and not accomplish our agenda, I wish they could have been a fly on the wall and seen these members come together for a bold and aggressive agenda," he said.

"What I told the members basically was, we all know what this is -- a political witch hunt," he said.
He's probably right. If anyone Republican representatives can recognize a politically motivated witch hunt.

I'm already bored of this story. The more talk about politics, from appointment business to personality trips to indictments, the less talk about policy.


At 8:32 PM, Blogger Miguel said...

Personality is important.

Not sure whether he'll be convicted or not but I think there's something sad about the fact that it's a campaign finance law he's charged with breaking. Surely he thinks on a policy level that there should be no barrier at all for Texas corporations who wish to contribute huge sums to Texas politicians.

At 11:08 PM, Blogger Ivan said...

Money is to a campaign is like speech, as far as I'm concerned. Certainly McCain-Feingold have hurt smaller parties, who can't readily jump on alternatives, more.

I don't know enough to comment on the texas law he might have broken.

So, yes, campaign finance is important. I can venture to guess what the pundit will discuss is less important.

I understand there is a great deal of gerrymandering in Texas (as there is elsewhere). That certainly is something the 4th (or is it 5th) estate has done little to fight.

I hate the way politicians will avoid balanced budget amendments which limit power, freedom in elections, term limits, and districts drawn logically.

At 12:04 AM, Blogger joško said...

I forget which state it was (Miguel, was it Minnesota?) where very strict term limits were placed on state legislators and alls the state got was shitty, inexperienced lawmakers. I don't think term limits would be necessary at all with equitable districting.

At 12:09 AM, Blogger joško said...

Oh, and on Delay, I'll quote The Washington Post:

"It is entirely possible both that your enemies are out to get you and that you did exactly what you are being accused of doing. The two concepts are not mutually exclusive.

Ask Bill Clinton."

Guess we'll see.

At 12:22 AM, Blogger Miguel said...

Term limits empower lobbyists, as they become the permanent political establisment that can get things done. I'm unaware of any term limits in MN politics.

Good quote. A lot of people presume tht partisan bickering is bad in and of itself, when the opposite is true: a competitive opposition is the basis of checking power in this country.


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