November 23, 2007
Why am I not surprised he'd be a slapper?

Stay classy, Tom.

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay may not be in a leadership position on Capitol Hill anymore, but that doesn't mean he can't weigh in on the current GOP leadership.

DeLay told Yeas & Nays that Republicans in Congress are "looking for something to believe in" and "they're not getting it out of this Republican leadership. ... The leadership just isn't getting it."

"They're looking for some backbone," said DeLay, who also chimed in on the 2008 election. He said the Republican party is "going to get our clocks cleaned in 2008" and unequivocally said that "Hillary [Clinton] will be the next president." Which ought to give DeLay's newest projects, the Coalition for a Conservative Majority and a consulting firm called First Principles, LLC, plenty to do.

DeLay gave us is his dour assessment at a book party for former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, which was held at the Georgetown home of former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman. The party was a virtual "who's who" of the conservative movement: Lynne Cheney, Liz Cheney Perry, Scooter Libby, David Keene, Vin Weber, Grover Norquist, Barbara Comstock, Armstrong Williams, Mary Matalin, Ramesh Ponnuru, John Fund, Byron York and Kate O'Beirne.

But, lest you think that The Hammer is about to start playing for the other team, he did poke fun at New York Times columnist -- and favorite conservative punching bag -- Paul Krugman: "I'd like to bitch-slap him."

To think that people used to fear this guy. What a sad sack.

DeLay also ruled out another stab at politics, even if GOP fortunes reverse: "I'm 60 years old, I'm through."

I'm thinking that age may not be the only factor in that. Call me crazy. Thanks to Sadly, No! for the catch.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on November 23, 2007 to Scandalized!

I can't wait until Tom can't go to events where Scooter is present because it violates his parole to associate with a known felon.

Posted by: Michael on November 23, 2007 9:28 AM

"I can't wait until Tom can't go to events where Scooter is present because it violates his parole to associate with a known felon."

Tom De Lay has to be convicted first. Which may eventually happen. Not sure when. Neither is anyone else.

Tom De Lay is becoming the poster boy for a new Republican Party which may actually become a separate party within the Republican Party. You will have the Republican Party, the Libertarian Party and the Conservative Party.

All you need to to do to become a member of the Conservative Party is sign an affidavit proclaiming that you believe law is simply meant to keep minorities in their place and does not apply to you and others in the "free marketplace," provide the name of a reputable attorney who specializes in getting white collar crime charges dismissed, and demonstrate that you can wave the flag and the Bible on cue.

As for running for office again, I suspect he has found his new career far more lucrative. And the price of attorneys, you know, keeps going up.

He said once he never got out of bed without talking to an attorney. He probably doesn't go to bed at this point without talking to one as well.

Posted by: Baby Snooks on November 23, 2007 10:33 AM