Carl Hulse of the New York Times penned an article a few days back about DeLay. Here's how it starts:
As the House majority leader, Tom DeLay, celebrated his election victory in Texas Tuesday night, the theme song playing in the background had been selected by his aides to send a message: "Hit Me With Your Best Shot."
I guess our work and the ethics committee charges did not go unnoticed.
[I was thinking that a theme song for us might be "You Ain't Seen Nuthin' Yet" -- what do you think?]
The ending is also interesting:
When Mr. DeLay and his allies in Texas undertook the redistricting last year, they argued that it was clear the existing lines were skewed when a Republican state like Texas had a Congressional delegation that was majority Democratic. Democrats fought the plan, saying the new lines should be drawn only after the next census. The fight is still in the courts and also figured into the ethics matters involving Mr. DeLay.
But Mr. DeLay declared the new map a success after the election gave five more seats to Republicans.
Mr. DeLay had to run in a new Houston-area district and, because of the thousands of new constituents as well as fallout from the ethics matters, he found the going a little tough. In the end, he received 55 percent of the vote, which, for a powerful incumbent like Mr. DeLay, is modest and well below the 60 percent or more he received in the past.
If the court throws out DeLay's plan, we may see even more scrambling next time.