The weakness of DeLay-ism

Matt Stoller puts DeLay's resignation into the context of the past 12 years of Republican rule:

It's important to know what happened here, to understand the larger arc of Republican history. When these Republicans ran for office in 1994, they promised to bring integrity back into Congress. Immediately, the money started rolling in, and they proved themselves too weak to follow their own program.

That's what Tom Delay's resignation means. He's a pathetic, weak, corrupted man who has created a pathetic, weak, and corrupted Republican Party. That's why a lot of Republicans are becoming independents. Republican leaders reneged on their promises because they are not strong enough to keep their word. Where there was once strength and honor, there is now only weakness, and where there is weakness, there is corruption.

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