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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

DeLaying the Inevitable 

According to a Survey USA poll, 51% of voters in Tom DeLay's home district disapprove of the job he's doing in Congress. And the bad news doesn't stop there:
Based on what you know right now, do you think Tom DeLay should remain in his position as House Majority Leader, he should resign as House Majority Leader but remain a member of Congress, or do you think he should completely resign from Congress?

39 percent: Remain House Majority Leader
21 percent: Resign Leadership
36 percent: Resign From Congress
4 percent: Not Sure
The Washington Post notes ominously that DeLay is about to be feted by his colleagues at a testimonial banquet, the sort of ceremonial honor that frequently serves as a prelude to ritual seppuku:
"Tribute dinners are how politicians sit shiva for their dead," says Marshall Wittman, of the Democratic Leadership Conference, referring to the Jewish ritual of mourning. . . . There was, for instance, another "Salute to Newt" shortly after Gingrich was ousted as speaker of the House in 1999. Speaker Jim Wright was widely saluted a decade earlier upon leaving office in disgrace.

Former New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey underwent a serial procession of tributes before he left office in November, after announcing that he is gay and had an extramarital affair with a man. "This was farewell dinner number 42," one New Jersey Democratic official told the Bergen Record after one such ordeal in Hackensack.

Former California governor Gray Davis was treated to a glowing thank-you send-off at the state's Democratic convention in January 2004 -- just three months after he became the second governor in U.S. history to be recalled from office.

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