I watched Tom Delay on Fox News Sunday yesterday and, once again, was rather unimpressed. Surely, the House Republicans have somebody better than that to represent them. Then again, the Senate Republicans picked Trent Lott until they were forced to go to Plan B. They’re hardly the best faces to put forth as the model Republican.

Josh Marshall posts this classic exchange between Delay (via tape) and Wes Clark on CNN yesterday. He also has this post on Delay’s rather illogical view of the Constitution and the redistricting embroglio in Texas.

The Democrats don’t even need to come up with straw men if this is the best Republicans have to offer.

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  1. M. Murcek says:

    The Republicans always kill themselves when it comes to who gets these posts because of slavish adherence to the notion that “seniority” must prevail, as opposed to picking the guy (or woman) who would be best suited for the job. This is just hidebound, and shows how mindless application of “tradition” limits the effectiveness of our governing institutions. It manifests itself in tragedies like anointing unelectable individuals to run for governor or President ahead of worthy candidates, because the unelectable one has the seniority.

    It’s all quite sad, really, but can you imagine our political leaders admitting that meritocracy is the way to go? Never gonna happen.

  2. John Lemon says:


    This may be changing with Bill Frist. That was a smart choice in the Senate, but I rarely ever see him or hear him quoted. (Part of the problem might be that I don’t watch the Sunday morning talk shows — the NYT informed me I was burned out on news.)

    This is also a problem at the state and local level. I know of a couple of state parties that are run by morons. This may be true with the Dems, but they do seem to be more organized – benefiting from a cadre of labor organizations and a general mindset of people who want to go into public service. GOP types who are competent tend to go into business.

    It just seems interesting to me that somebody like Delay could work his way up the food chain, though. There is something in the background we don’t know. And don’t forget that his counterpart is Nancy Pelosi.

  3. Paul says:

    He also has this post on Delay’s rather illogical view of the Constitution and the redistricting embroglio in Texas.

    OK Maybe I missed something….

    I thought Delay’s point was that the constitution said the LEGE had to do it but the Judicial did it.

    Assuming that is correct, what is illogical?

    I must confess to not having watched this much.

    (a wise man would google first, but when you have a polisci phd a post away, you can get lazy;-)


  4. James Joyner says:


    The legislature had to do it and did–just pursuant to a judicial order. As I understand it, the one originally drawn by the legislature was rejected by a federal judge and who then “suggested” new lines.

    The Republicans wanted to take another bite at getting it done through the political process, now that they control the legislature. It’s understandable and I can even see an argument for doing it. But it opens up a can of worms that I don’t want to see: What’s to stop legislatures from drawing new lines any time there’s a shift in political power? The old rule has been that you get one cut at it–in the year following the decennial census.

  5. Paul says:

    huh- That is not what I thought I heard— I thought it was court ordered.