[Affaire du Bugman]
More Odds and Ends
The first line of defense for the Bugman's men is ... offense. Of course. And the current line is that Ronnie Earle, the prosecutor who indicted DeLay, is a partisan hack. (Or, as DeLay characterizes him modestly, a "vengeful partisan fanatic.") But this was the same line the bugman's men trundled out when House Republicans tried to change their own rules to allow a sitting leader to be indicted. And Media Matters, among others, refuted the claim. They refute it again, pointing out that of the 15 elected officials Earle has indicted, 12 were Democrats.
Also, it looks like Dreier may not get the nod. Wait, maybe he will. Wait, maybe he will get a partial nod and tag team with Roy Blunt:
Blunt will move up from Republican whip to temporarily fill DeLay's post and will be aided by Dreier, the chairman of the House Rules Committee, and Eric Cantor of Virginia, the chief deputy whip.Roy Blunt, incidentally, just recently made the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington list of the 13 most corrupt members of Congress. Read his rap sheet here. I like particularly that Blunt is wrapped up in the Abramoff scandal:
If, as it appears, Rep. Blunt was accepting campaign contributions from Mr. Abramoff in exchange for using his official position so support a view of gambling law that would benefit Mr. Abramoff’s client, he would be in violation of the law.So, it's good to see the leadership will remain in ethical hands.