Sunday, April 10, 2005

Tink…tink…

You know those Roadrunner cartoons where Wile E. Coyote is teetering on the edge of a cliff, struggling to hold up a big boulder that’s about to push him over the edge? He gets it to stop just in time. He heaves a sigh of relief, only to hear a pebble fall away under his feet … *tink* …then another … *tink* …then…

The No. 3 Republican in the Senate said Sunday that embattled House Majority Leader Tom DeLay needs to answer questions about his ethics and “let the people then judge for themselves.”

Sen. Rick Santorum’s comments seem to reflect the nervousness among congressional Republicans about the fallout from the increased scrutiny into DeLay’s way of doing business. One of DeLay’s GOP colleagues in the House called him an “absolute embarrassment” and doubled [sic] DeLay would last as majority leader.

[…]

Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., said DeLay should step down as leader because his continuing ethics problems are hurting the GOP.

“Tom’s conduct is hurting the Republican Party, is hurting this Republican majority and it is hurting any Republican who is up for re-election,” Shays told The Associated Press Sunday.

A moderate Republican who has battled with his party’s leadership on a number of issues, including campaign finance reform, Shays said efforts by the House GOP members to change ethics rules to protect DeLay only make the party look bad.

“My party is going to have to decide whether we are going to continue to make excuses for Tom to the detriment of Republicans seeking election,” Shays said. [Washington Post]

What do you tink of that, Mr. DeLay?