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A thing of beauty: johnson-watch.com. How long will it take DeLay loyalist Nancy Johnson to turn the spray on the bug man?

Reader mail ...


Being born and living my whole life in Connecticut I have to say I am damn proud of Chris Shays. I am liberal, from the 1st district and Chris isn't my Rep. But he is the only northeastern moderate republican to have the backbone (or at least nothing else to lose) to step up and take on DeLay.

Our former Governor John Rowland has started to serve his sentence for corruption at a Federal prison in western Pennsylvania. I look at Tom DeLay and feel his transgressions were far worse then Rowland's. But Tom DeLay is neither under indictment, or in jail, and the GOP is rushing to his defense to keep him in power. The GOP seized control of the Congress in the mid 1990's. Their vow was to "clean up Washington". Fast forward 10 years and we have the majority leader misusing the FAA, he is knee deep in the Indian casino shakedown, his PAC has made 6 figure payments to family members, and threatening federal judges, just for starters. He is far more corrupt then any of the democrats who were in power in the mid 90's. In a sense I hope "The Hammer" stays in power. There will be more scrutiny on DeLay and the people who support him in Congress. And it will become apparent that he and his fellow republicans are far more corrupt and dirty then the democrats ever were. He will single handedly give the democrats the house back in 2006. Right now he represents the best tool the democrats have at their disposal...

Chris Shays is right about DeLay and I have pride that he is a politician from my state, but I hope he is unsuccessful in getting DeLay out...at least until the democrats, hopefully, fully exploit his malfeasance. JC

Bug man of <$NoAd$> Alcatraz?

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Just an oldish memory of Nancy Johnson--immediately after the first ethics "victory" of DeLay: I recall a televised press conference (I'm guessing I saw it on CNN) with a grinning like a baboon Nancy as part of DeLay's adoring gaggle. I'd love to see that clip used in a campaign commercial should a CT-05 Dem. of consequence run against her. If Nancy does more than hem and haw DeLay is doomed.

Note that the <$NoAd$> reader says this is an "oldish memory." So let's not take this as a certainty that this happened or happened precisely as she remembers it.

But I wanted to ask if anyone knows of the event in question or if and where the video feed might be available.

Perhaps you can help us with our collection. We're keeping tabs on various examples of Republicans lashing out at financier and philanthropist George Soros using anti-Semitic code language. We're calling it The Tony Blankley Project. Your assistance is, of course, appreciated.

Lincoln (Nebraska) Journal Star editorial: "It been heartening the past few days to hear a few Republicans finally voicing public criticism of Rep. Tom DeLay. More should join the chorus. It's time for Republicans to renounce his leadership and choose a more principled and temperate representative as House Majority Leader."

(ed.note: Thanks to TPM Reader JT for the report from the field.)

Duce! Duce!

My life is yours Tom DeLay!

Rep. Joe Wilson (R) of South Carolina in his statement out today: "Congressman Tom DeLay has been called one of the most effective leaders in the history of the House of Representatives, and it is his effectiveness that motivates his critics. Radical liberals, such as George Soros, are leading a desperate smear campaign against a decent man who has delivered remarkable results. His critics are inspired by bitterness, hatred, and partisanship."

Associated Press: "To House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, the Republican Party's "Contract With America" ranks right up there with the Magna Carta, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights among the "great documents of freedom." So says DeLay's Internet Web site. It describes that 1994 campaign treatise, credited with helping the GOP end four decades of House rule by Democrats, 'a written commitment that presented to the people an agenda for the House of Representatives.'"