According to this email (from the National Journal
's Richard Cohen, via Hotline on Call
), Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) had the strength to admit to entire furlongs of corrupt activities last week, but now can't find enough energy to pack up his office:
"Be aware that there is considerable anxiety among House Republicans about what Bob Ney does next. To cut to the chase, they all want him to resign NOW. And, from what I hear, he has not responded accordingly. Republicans know that itâs bad news for them if he remains as a member of the House into next week.
"I am told by a reliable House GOP source that Hastert and Boehner already have told Ney that he has to go, but that he hasnât taken the hint. Itâs unclear if/how Neyâs rehab fits into this, at least in his mind. My sense is:
1) If he hasnât formally submitted his resignation letter to Hastert by Tuesday morning when the House next meets, the Dems will go ballistic; and
2) I wouldnât be surprised if the House then would move to expel him on a bipartisan basis, possibly as quickly as next week. Thatâs essentially what happened in the House when our friend Traficant refused to resign (on the eve of the 2002 election) after he was convicted in federal courtâ¦.Traficant actually spoke in the House chamber during that debate. I canât imagine that Ney would do that. But, who knows?"
Rage, Bob, against the dying of the light?