Hastert places clearing DeLay's name ahead of people's interest

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In a Boston Globe story about the leadership struggle brewing within the Republican House caucus, I caught this interesting tidbit:

In addition, Hastert has scheduled the first House session of 2006 for Jan. 31 -- after a holiday break of more than a month, and two weeks after senators are due to return to Washington. The late start gives DeLay, a Texas Republican, a greater amount of time with which to dispose of the charges, as new leadership elections could not occur until the House is back in session.

So basically, Hastert is saying, "Let's take a longer vacation, and put off doing the people's business in Washington until Tom DeLay can clear his name."

How do you like those priorities?

(Of course, the longer the House stays out of session, the less they can help their big money donors.)