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

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

Big week for DeLay, GOP

As early as tomorrow, Texas Judge Pat Priest will reportedly determine whether DeLay will stand trial on criminal conspiracy and money laundering charges.

As AP writes up, this decision will likely decide whether or not the once Majority Leader becomes the once and future Majority Leader.

At issue are several developments:

How Good is DeLay's Poker Face?

Q: Guess who this quote is from:

"Short of some miracle, [Tom DeLay] will not be able to resurrect his political career..."

A: Molly Ivins
B: Roy Blunt
C: American Enterprise Institute
D: Democratic National Committee

The answer is.....................C.

DeLay Planning To Reclaim His Post

Roll Call is reporting that DeLay is positioning himself to reclaim the Majority Leader post if his case is tossed by Judge Pat Priest.

According to CNN via Roll Call:

Charlie Bass calls for new leadership of the House

Wow -- Rep. Charlie Bass (R-NH-Moderate Wing), to the Union-Leader:

"When we have our majority leader being indicted and a bridge to nowhere, then it's time for us to reflect upon the Republican Party," Bass said.

Full speed ahead

DeLay lawyer Dick DeGuerin told the Houston Chronicle that he and his client want the trial to get underway as soon as possible.

"We've got to go forward — get to trial as soon as possible," DeGuerin said. "Tom DeLay has a primary in March. He has a leadership position. And in politics, nature abhors a vacuum."

NEW DELAY RANKINGS: Is your Rep. too close for comfort?

We've just updated The DeLay Rankings with the most recent FEC information. Check it out and see how close your representative in Congress is to indicted former Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Then come back here and let us know what you think by posting on the blog. Those of you in Alabama and Colorado should have plenty to say!

Five races where ARMPAC spent soft money as hard, allegedly lists the following five races where DeLay's ARMPAC spent money out of its soft money account to influence congressional races:

FL-05, IN-02, IN-07, KS-02, and IA-05

For those of you keeping score at home, that's:

"Trouble is Here"

The Campaign for America's Future put out a list of the 26 house members who have received $10,000 contributions from indicted former Republican Majoirty Leader Tom DeLay's ARMPAC since Jan. 2005.

“Looks like Rep. DeLay was trying to buy some insurance in case trouble came down the pike," said Deputy Director Ellen Miller. "Trouble is here."

DeLay's Media Megaphone

The AP reports that indicted former Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay is "[s]etting aside his own aversion to the media" as he tries to defend himself in the court of public opinion, the Associated Press reports.