Tom DeLay, a.k.a. "Representative #2," bowed out Monday... So why is Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH), a.k.a. "Representative #1," still around?
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Let's count the nails in his coffin.
He's been very clearly and damningly implicated in three separate guilty pleas (Michael Scanlon, Jack Abramoff, and Tony Rudy). Prosecutors have told him they're preparing a case against him. His former aide, Neil Volz, is also in prosecutors' sights, and it seems it's just a matter of time before he flips on his old boss. Polls in Ohio show him running behind the Democratic candidates. And he was brusquely forced from his chairmanship of the House Administration Committee when Republicans realized his end was near.
So why hasn't he realized that?
There seem to be two answers. Well, three, if you believe that he believes that he's innocent. But really two.