One surreal element to the drama over the DeLay Rule is that practically every member of the Republican House caucus is arguing that Ronnie Earle's grand jury investigation into the DeLay Machine is so dubious on its face that it is presumptively partisan and illegitimate in nature.
Meanwhile, while that's going on, and Rep. DeLay is volubly proclaiming vindication
, on the other end of the Capitol you've got the hearings
into the rapidly expanding 'Indian gaming' scandal in which two chief capos in the DeLay Machine have had to take the fifth on every question they're asked.
(Actually, it might be better to say 'soldiers' than 'capos'. I don't have my org chart in front of me.)
For some insights into what the scandal's about, see this article
by Lou Dubose in the Texas Observer
. And for helpful running commentary on the matter, stop by our friend Marshall Wittman's BullMoose
blog. Finally, for a good primer on how the DeLay Machine works, see this article
by Nick Confessore.