Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) has been elected the interim House Majority Leader. He will share responsibilities with David Dreier of California. Early reports had Dreier moving into the Majority Leader position, but he is widely perceived to be a bit too circumspect about his sexual orientation. In other words, he’s 52 and single, and he refuses to confirm that he is straight. Given the homophobia of many Republican officeholders, and the religious right, you’d think he’d be proclaiming it from the rooftops.
The Family Research Council is thrilled by Blunt’s election. That gives me the shivers.
Meanwhile, Tom DeLay expects that he will soon be back in the saddle.
“If the Democrats think we’re going to go crawl in a hole and not accomplish our agenda, I wish they could have been a fly on the wall and seen these members come together for a bold and aggressive agenda,” he said.
“What I told the members basically was, we all know what this is — a political witch hunt,” he said.
Tom is, of course, innocent till proven guilty of these particular charges, but he is far from pure. He has been rebuked repeatedly by the House Ethics Committee. He tried his best to change the ethics rules in order to prevent further investigation and to allow him to remain Majority Leader in the event of his indictment, but public outcry and pressure from Democrats stopped him for once.
The Republican spin on this story may make Katrina look weak by comparison. I have two words for them: “Terri Schiavo“.
Hold on; it’s going to be a bumpy ride.