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Congress in free fall

According to a December 9-12 poll by NBC/WSJ of 1,006 voters nationwide, just 25% approve of the job Congress is doing.

And poxes all around:

But the poll finds that a whopping 79 percent believe both political parties have an equal problem with corruption and illegal activities. Just 12 percent say Republicans have a bigger problem, while 5 percent say Democrats have the bigger problem.

Prez Bush Hanging With His Friends

President George W. Bush took an interview on Fox news as an opportunity to defend his great friend, Tom DeLay, reports the Los Angeles Times:

I hope that he will [return] because I like him. And plus, when he's over there, we got our votes through the House.

DeLay Front Page News...Again

Tom DeLay must be rethinking the adage that all publicity is good publicity. He makes the nation's front pages again today, as newspapers report on the Supreme Court's decision to take up the Texas redistricting case.

People to Congress: You're Corrupt

A short, three question AP/Ipsos public opinion poll (pdf):

How serious a problem is political corruption in the United States today? Would you say

Very serious -- 51
Somewhat serious -- 37
Not too serious -- 8
Not at all serious -- 3
Not sure -- 1

Total Serious -- 88
Total Not Serious -- 11

Sugar Land Express in reverse

TPMCafe gets Paul Begala to write a reflection of his youth in Tom DeLay's district:

Trouble as far as the eye can see

A poll of DeLay's constituents in TX-22. From Daily Kos:

Gallup. 12/1-4. MoE 4%. (No trend lines)

If Tom DeLay runs for re-election in 2006, in general, are you more likely to vote for the Republican candidate Tom DeLay or for the Democratic Party's candidate for Congress?

DeLay 36
The Democrat 49

Voters' Opinion of Tom DeLay

Favorable 37
Unfavorable 52

Connecticut Passes Full Public Financing of Elections

Here at the Daily DeLay we are used to writing about money and politics and ethics scandals. And no wonder, since Tom DeLay is our subject. Sometimes we write about other scandals, too, like Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham's recent resignation after pleading guilty on bribery charges from campaign donors, or lobbyist Jack Abramoff's shenanigans with Indian tribes, or Sen. Bill Frist's curious choices about when he decides to sell health care stock.

The Public Has Grown Weary

Jeffrey H. Birnbaum of The Washington Post published an analysis on the public's growing discontent of the coziness between big money lobbyists and our elected officials in Washington, DC. Birnbaum writes that corruption in Washington as a front page issue is cyclical (occurring roughly every 10 years) but the most recent scandals have driven the public’s distrust of Congress to a new low.

With friends like these...

Now a NEW judge, Pat Priest, a Democrat, has been appointed by the Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson of the Texas Supreme Court (a Republican). Jefferson, it appears, received help from TRMPAC. You know what they say... With friends like these...

Round and round we go, where we stop, nobody knows.

To know him is to dislike him

From USA Today's national surveys dating back to 1999 when relatively few Americans knew Tom DeLay:

Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Tom DeLay?

Favorable -- Unfavorable -- Never heard of -- No opinion

2005 Oct 21-23 20 -- 49 -- 17 -- 14
2005 Oct 13-16 18 -- 45 -- 20 -- 17