The Tuesday Post for Jan 10
Some week this past week, hmm? Between Jack Abramoff's difficulties in playing ethically when it comes to lobbying and Tom DeLay's further legal troubles, it's not a great time to be a Republican. We do, however, have some potential items that might help keep a GOP majority this year.
With Rep. DeLay gone as House Majority Leader, a race for the Number 2 spot in the House of Representatives is shaping up between John Boehner of Ohio and Roy Blunt of Missouri. Blunt has experience as the Republican party's Whip (the guy who keeps party members in line during votes, and generally helps to enforce the party leader and/or Speaker's line during votes) but he has the problem of also being a protege if you will, of Rep. DeLay. I think this would be a great time for a more moderate Representative like Ray LaHood to step in, but Ray 's got other ideas, unfortunately. If Ray thinks he can do better out of the spotlight, that's fine. Also, having a Speaker of the House and Majority Leader from the same state just doesn't seem right. It probably doesn't make much difference in reality, but you never know when people will start accusing Illinois Republicans of collusion. Myself, I think we'd do pretty well at maintaining the GOP's core values.
While the House is having a shake-up, the Senate is playing "like what we like or else" with Samuel Alito. Supreme Court justices shouldn't side with any one group to be sure, but their job is to interpret law and determine constitutionality of a subject. That's their job, not to cause trouble with things like the Kelo decision, much less to find new rights like was done in Roe.
Worldwide, I haven't been following much outside of the coverage of Ariel Sharon's medical troubles. Poor guy, that's all I can really say.
That's it for this week. Take care!