and why we shouldn't be taking them.
Guys and gals on the left, the news this morning is good: Tom DeLay is done. Feeling the prosecution's case tightening around his neck as his house of cards empire of corruption begins to fall, he has decided to resign his Congressional seat and will not seek re-election. Other reasons quoted include how badly he was polling in his very conservative district against his Democratic challenger.
This is all good news, but winning because the other team gives up isn't a real win. We would do well to remember that.
This resignation (and DeLay's subsequent plans to move to Virginia) are also strategically placed. With DeLay out of the picture, Congressional Republicans now have less of a scandal shadow over them at the same time Cynthia McKinney's scandal shadow arrives on the scene. Yes, this resignation will dominate the press cycle for the rest of the week, but it is a long time until November.
The move to Virginia suggests DeLay is going to move to a place where his insider status can still work with a disgraced public official. Anyone remember Oliver North? Now he's a well read pundit and journalist, helping shape right wing message. Expect a similar career path for DeLay, he can still be in the public eye, but without an electorate to keep him in check.
Just remember that if he does parlay his retirement into something more dangerous.
So raise your glasses and toast the end of an era, the Hammer has fallen. Then look at the game clock, remember that we aren't even at halftime yet, and get your heads back in the game. Tom DeLay is not our goal. Congress is.