Republican U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay of Texas, the House of Representatives' fallen majority leader, is calling it quits in face of mounting legal problems and a tough re-election campaign that may have been unwinnable.
..."After many weeks of personal, prayerful thinking and analysis, I have come to the conclusion that it's time to close this public service chapter of may life," DeLay said.
...In 1994, DeLay was part of "The Republican Revolution" that saw his party win control of the House for the first time in 40 years. He then got the job of House majority whip, making him the chamber's third ranking Republican. He was elected House majority leader in 2002.
DeLay rose quickly, but fell faster. I didn't realize he was majority leader for such a short time. Just long enough to stuff his pockets and redistrict Texas.
I will give DeLay credit for this -- he didn't claim he was resigning to spend more time with his family. Good on him for that.
What's the over/under on DeLay's redemption? Four years? Five? Assuming he's not imprisoned, he'll work behind the scenes for a few years, then return to prominence as a consultant, pundit, or other life coach. He could teach College Republicans how to taste the bile every time they hear the word "liberal".