From the WaPo:
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) apologized yesterday for heated comments he made about possible retribution against federal judges for their handling of the Terri Schiavo case, but declined to say whether he favors impeaching those judges.
DeLay addressed his earlier comments during a crowded news conference at the Capitol. “I said something in an inartful way, and I shouldn’t have said it that way, and I apologize for saying it that way,” he said. “It was taken wrong. I didn’t explain it or clarify my remarks, as I’m clarifying them here. I am sorry that I said it that way, and I shouldn’t have.”
Ah, the old “it was taken wrong” dodge. And where did he come up with “inartful”? It sounds like a town in Sweden, not a word you’re going to hear bandied around in Sugar Land, Texas: “Sorry, Maw — didn’t mean to shoot yer dog. Guess I was just bein’, y’know, inartful.”
Just to cover his ass, Mr. DeLay added helpfully,
“I believe in an independent judiciary,” he told reporters.
Meanwhile, while DeLay is apologizing, his minions are going to the mattresses in defense of their Leader.
House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-Calif.) said members are standing by DeLay. “We know we’re under attack,” he said. “It’s a scorched-earth policy.”
DeLay’s defenders continued to galvanize national conservative groups on the outside while blaming Democrats on the inside. Allies coordinated appearances on talk radio stations, and supporters were given talking points detailing the number of trips taken by Democrats.
It’s only a matter of time. I’m guessing by the time the Catholics have a new pope, the Republicans will be looking for a new majority leader. Just look for the whisps of smoke coming out of David Dreier’s ears.