Ain't Nothin' But A Hound Dog

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Oh, where to begin? The Houston Chronicle has this gem today. It accompanies Samantha Levine's story that leads with the staff of embattled Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay calling the Sugar Land Parks & Recreation Department to say he wanted to attend their "senior citizens' sock hop."

"I was a little shocked," said event organizer Officer Todd Zettlemoyer of the Sugar Land Police Department. "This was the first year that we had the congressman there."

Levine writes: "In recent weeks, DeLay has worked his constituency harder than he has in years. . .On one day alone, DeLay held an ice cream social in Pearland, a barbecue luncheon in Sugar Land and an hors d'oeuvres hour in Pasadena." The free food seems to be key.

The story comes on the heels of news that Vice President Dick Cheney will attend a fundraiser for DeLay in September - news that analysts say is proof of growing Republican concern of the Majority Leader's vulnerability in 2006.

I don't know what they're talking about. Does that smiling man next to Elvis look desperate to you?