Thursday, April 13, 2006

DeLay in line for White House job?

You just can't make this stuff up.

The White House is looking at a list of cost-cutting candidates to head the Office of Management and Budget, and Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, may be on it.

The former House majority leader, who announced he will resign from Congress and is under a state indictment on political money laundering charges, is listed as a possible replacement for Josh Bolten, the U.S. News and World Report said.

Why yes, I think that'd be a brilliant idea. Why shouldn't they appoint a man who is under indictment? Why shouldn't they reward a guy who quit Congress because he feared he couldn't win re-election in his heavily Republican district?

Then again, this is the same administration that turned a man who got outpolled by a dead guy into the goofiest attorney general in history.

My guess is that sanity will prevail and DeLay will not get the job, nor any job, while still under indictment. But sanity and the administration aren't always closely related concepts.

Related post: The Ballad of Tom DeLay

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Blogger Matt Parker said...

The burning question is:

Did this get released early enough for Jon Stewart to use it tonight?

Even if this is just a show of support from the white house with no intention of follow through, they've got to start understanding that the jokes made at their expense are not good natured. They have a serious image problem - and it comes from stuff like this!




4/13/2006 12:55 PM  
Anonymous Marc Schneider said...

The amazing thing to me is that the Administration seemingly is oblivious or doesn't care about the effect things like this have on the broader electorate outside its base. You would think that it would realize the precariousness of its position and refrain from such stupid acts, but it seems utterly incapable of reaching out beyond its base.

Jon Stewart thanks God every night for the Bush Administration.

4/13/2006 3:43 PM  
Blogger Sean Aqui said...

What's funny about this is how some conservatives reacted with "good for Bush" amid liberals crying with rhapsodic joy at the prospect. It's a win win! Well, except for Republicans in the fall elections, of course....

4/13/2006 9:21 PM  
Anonymous Marc Schneider said...

Well, DeLay is the darling of the true believers, but I suspect the more pragmatic in the GOP are cringing. Even at this late stage in the Administration, Bush just can't cut off the right-wing; it's his only base of support and he knows it. I think he is more concerned about that than about how the GOP does in the midterms.

4/14/2006 8:45 AM  

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