April 19, 2005


Rove backs up DeLay, calls critics 'desperate' (Bill Sammon, 4/18/05, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

"They're just desperate," Mr. Rove said of Democrats on CNN. "They're not offering ideas in the debate, they're not being constructive, and so some of their members are taking potshots at Tom DeLay." [...]

Mr. Rove criticized Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean for saying recently that his party would exploit Mr. DeLay's support for Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged Florida woman who died last month after her feeding tube was removed amid a bitter family dispute.

"This is going to be an issue in 2006, and it's going to be an issue in 2008, because we're going to have an ad, with a picture of Tom Delay, saying, 'Do you want this guy to decide whether you die or not?' "Mr. Dean said.

Yesterday, Mr. Rove returned fire.

"I'm sorry that the Democratic Party has been reduced to this kind of drivel," he said. "If you don't have ideas, if you're not articulating a vision for America, if you're doing nothing but obstructing as Dean and others in his party seem to be intent upon doing, I guess you're stuck doing this kind of thing."

it's pretty funny to hear Democrats say they'
re going to stage a comeback by imitating Newt Gingrich. They're so indide-the-Beltway they think the '94 revolution was a product of attacks on their leadership--who even after they'd been removed no one had ever heard of--when in fact it was a function of the Contract with America and revulsion at the first two years of Clintonism. Ideas won, not scandal. They have no ideas and a trumped up scandal.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 19, 2005 8:20 PM

I read elsewhere that the next few days are critical for the Delay thing and that if they haven't brought him down by then he will probably survive.

That said, the Senate side is looking pretty pathetic for the GOP as witnessed by the Bolton nomination fiasco today (where Voinovich blindsided the GOP leadership by saying he wouldn't support Bolton and causing the leadership to postpone the vote again which only helps the Dems. The GOP Senate leadership is letting the Dems run all over them and not doing a thing about it.

Posted by: AWW at April 19, 2005 8:50 PM

The GOP could use a few men like Tom DeLay in the Senate.

Posted by: kevin whited at April 19, 2005 9:05 PM

The Dems want Delay right where he is, with an elevated public profile. That's all this is about. For now.

Posted by: ghostcat at April 19, 2005 9:55 PM

Frist is finished. I don't know who can run the Senate, but it ain't him. And Lugar is just shiny teeth. Jesse Helms would have had Bolton through in less than a week.

The President needs to take Voinovich to the woodshed, and bloody him but good.

DeLay is safe because Reid, Pelosi, and others have exactly the same problems, and in some cases, worse. The MSM won't face that, but the blogosphere will.

The only thing that really matters for DeLay is that he win more than 60% in his next election.

Posted by: jim hamlen at April 19, 2005 10:16 PM

It's people like Voinovich who make the Stupid Party what it is.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at April 19, 2005 10:43 PM

The Blackwell for Senate campaign begins tomorrow.

Posted by: jeff at April 19, 2005 11:18 PM

As a consistent Republican voter, I am very disappointed in the Senate GOP. (I just sent an e-mail to my senator, the aforementioned Voinovich, telling he what a pathetic loser he is.) I think it is time for Republicans in the Senate to revert to minority status, then they may learn (from the Democrats) how a majority party is supposed to behave. These gutless wonders don't realize that, if Bush is not viewed positively in 2006 and 2008, people will take out their revenge on these idiots. It is in their own interest that they need to make Bush successful. They should ask Democrats what happened to them (the Dems) in 1994, when the Dems were drubbed because of Clinton's missteps. If Bush is viewed as a failure around the 2006/2008 elections, and Bush is not running for re-election, who do they think the public is going to blame?

Posted by: sam at April 19, 2005 11:50 PM


Obviously they'd rather upset voters than Democratic Senators. After all, the voters aren't around every day. And what would the newspapers say?

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at April 20, 2005 8:59 AM