Round Up

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Judge Priest's DeLay ruling gets front-page billing in major dailies today. There are lots of opportunities for guessing-the-anonymous-source, particularly when talking about DeLay's political future--or lack thereof.

In the Washington Post, it's a "former GOP leadership aide," speaking anonymously "for fear of crossing DeLay," who says: "'[T]he overwhelming feeling is if things are not squared away by the time they come back in January, there will be a petition dropped on the speaker's desk for an election' to permanently replace him." In the New York Times, it's "One Republican lawmaker, who has supported Mr. DeLay in the past," who says there was some "was some sense of relief with the decision, since it postponed Mr. DeLay's return to the top." The LA Times quotes an "aide to House Republican leadership," saying "Members want a permanent structure at the beginning of the year to manage the House."

USA Today concentrates on the poll David posted about below; DeLay's hometown newspaper, the Houston Chronicle, prints a photo of protesters dressed as Cheney and DeLay outside the DeLay fundraiser there last night.

Meanwhile, in the blogosphere, DailyKos quotes Hotline on Call noting that Priest said he wouldn't schedule more hearings on tossing out the remaining two charges against DeLay until he knows whether Ronnie Earle will seek to appeal yesterday's ruling throwing out one conspiracy charge. Because Earle has 15 days to appeal, he can wait until near Christmas time and "let DeLay twist in the wind" before deciding to appeal. If this happens, there won't be hearings on the case until the new year.