A.P. has posted the text of Tom DeLay's letter of resignation to the GOP House members. It is a great piece of rhetoric. Here is the letter, with Pinocchio commentary added:
Dear Colleague:Now, that's a great piece of work. The honest ethical warrior, fighting for the common man in times of great..."seriousness."
Today, I have asked Speaker Hastert to convene our conference for the purpose of electing a new majority leader, the position I have been honored to fill these past three years through the trust and confidence [confidence? I'd say more fear, but that's quibbling.] of our colleagues.
During my time in Congress, I have always acted in an ethical manner [The nose grows!] within the rules of our body [the nose grows again!] and the laws of our land [a debatable point. let's give him this one. not all unethical or evil or cruel acts break laws.]. I am fully confident time will bear this out.
However, we live in serious times ['serious times'? other times weren't serious? the first half of the twentieth century was, oh, jokey and slapstick? what the hell does he mean?] and the United States House of Representatives must be focused on the job of protecting our nation and meeting the daily challenges facing the American people. History has proven that when House Republicans are united and focused, success follows. [Actually, this it true. At least that is, success for the House Republicans. Don't stretch it to the rest of America though.]
While we wage these important battles [Ahem.], I cannot allow our adversaries to divide and distract our attention. I will continue to stand up for the issues I care so deeply about [i.e. money and power] and work with you all on these priorities [again.]. I am constantly thankful for the support of my constituents in recent days as well as over the years they have allowed me to serve them. I will continue to work every day to fulfill their trust, and yours.
DeLay-ism will remain, but at least his smug overfed grin won't be at the top of the pyramid anymore. Let's hope the next leader of the house stands for slightly more than power at any price.