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Meet the old boss, same as the new boss

We've already said it, but now the Palm Beach Post is saying it in an editorial detailing how the election of Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) is not exactly a breath of fresh air. After going through Boehner's history of passing out tobacco checks, the paper notes:

Majority Leader election in the era of DeLay

Our partners at Public Campaign and allies at Campaign for America's Future have teamed up to release three online videos lampooning the leadership election in the House.

Watch them here.

The Real Scandal: Our Pay-to-Play Campaign Finance System

Check out Public Campaign's editorial memorandum on the need for comprehensive campaign finance reform in the wake of the scandals swirling around Reps. Tom DeLay, Bob Ney, Jack Abramoff, etc. and etc. From the memo:

Editorial today in Atlanta Journal Constitution

The Atlanta Journal Constitution writes that the only way to change the culture of corruption and enact meaningful reforms in Washington will be by sheer force via grass roots pressure.

NRO: DeLay Should Not Return

The conservative National Review's website posted an editorial from its editors this afternoon arguing that DeLay ought not seek a return to the Majority Leader posting he was forced to give up and that "Republicans underestimate the potential impact of the Abramoff scandal at their peril."

Here's an interesting insight:

Abramoff Round Up

From the National Journal Early Bird News:

Courts: Abramoff Cuts Deal; Subpoenas Issued In DeLay Case

Quick links to stories of note

I'm in meetings over the next couple of days so blogging will be a little light. Here are two stories of note, though. The first is a Dallas Morning News editorial that was syndicated by Knight-Ridder, which means it appeared elsewhere:

Beyond DeLay: New leaders could help GOP - and country

The second is a breaking story from AP that the Supreme Court will take up the Texas redistricting case. Look for more internal memos from Justice to leak:

DeLay's words

The Times Union of Albany, NY says what I've been thinking: There is a higher standard for public officials. DeLay admitted to money laundering when he was brought to Austin by District Attorney Ronnie Earle, and now says he didn't break the law. But he knew it was happening, and whether he is convicted of the crimes or not, he's violated the standard to which we hold elected officials. Or, at least, the standard to which we should hold elected officials.

A lesson learned?

I personally think Clay Robison at the Houston Chronicle might be giving Tom DeLay a little bit too much credit, but it's an interesting theory...

Signed, a Washington, DC-based Political Hack

Rep. Roy Blunt's Communications Director, Burson Taylor, has sent a letter from Washington to the Springfield News-Leader in response to David's Monday editorial. It's too good to not post the whole thing...

With respect to the Ozarks Voices column by David Donnelly, please allow me to respond.