New GOP leadership

Julia lists a bunch of headlines covering the changing of the GOP guard:

  • House Republicans Try to Get Back on Course
  • Boehner seen as face of change in house
  • GOP picks a ‘fresher’ face
  • House GOP's new face
  • Going beyond damage control
  • Post-Abramoff Mood Shaped Vote for DeLay's Successor
  • News Analysis A Cry of Concern by Republicans at Voter Unease
  • Boehner chosen to lead House GOP in break with DeLay era
  • Reformer in upset win as Republican leader in US House
  • Ethics at heart of GOP leadership race

Awful flattering given the nearly nonexistent difference between Tom DeLay, the Republican with well known ethics problems and John Boehner, the Republican with lesser known ethics problems.

As Arianna Huffington put it: "calling Boehner the reform choice for majority leader -- as many in the media have been calling him -- is like calling Jeffrey Skilling a reform CEO just because the other guy was Ken Lay."

Julia continues:
He's spent his time... consolidating his popularity with his fellow congresspersons on the right by the thoroughly un-DeLaylike strategy of, um, raising a huge pile of money from lobbyists and special interests and handing it out to his fellow incumbents.
CNN opines that it's his perpetual tan and cigarette that make him distinctive.
I'd have to agree that those would be pretty much the only things that make him stand out from the rest of the disgraced Republican leadership in my mind too.
(Sisyphus Shrugged)

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