April 26, 2005

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Dennis Hastert, leading a Republican retreat, said Wednesday he stands ready to scrap controversial new ethics rules, possibly by day's end. "I'm willing to step back," Hastert told reporters after a closed-door meeting with members of the GOP rank and file....read on

Sounds good right? It might be, and I'm enjoying the Republicans making themselves look as foolish as ever. It also exposes how power drunk the GOP is. I guess after all the US poll data that's been coming out with results like this:

A) 50 % believe the President lied about WMD's.

B) no government intervention in the Schiavo case.

C) Bush is bad on the economy.

D) Bush is bad on Social Security. (Please add to the list)

What the country is doing is administering a 12 step call to the GOP. The change Hastert is proposing is an attempt to sober up a litle bit. On the Nuclear Option, the Frister has painted himself into a corner with the Religious Right Elite, and there is no turning back for him on that one. That's why he can't compromise with Sen. Reid. Way to go Harry.

Daily Kos says: Another GOP cave: like to say that while in the minority, we have to savor the few victories we can get. But lately, it's been a virtual buffet, with Republican numbers collapsing under the weight of GOP corruption, social security privatization, the Schiavo fiasco, and the Nuclear Option power grab.

And this one is huge, marking another setback for corrupt House leader Tom DeLay, who will now face those ethics investigations he worked so hard to avoid.

Carpetbagger says: The Ethics Committee is the only panel in Congress with equal numbers of Dems and Republicans, five each. The problem here, of course, is that DeLay and Hastert carefully selected five toadies who will do as they’re told and toe the hard-right line.

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