Could things get any worse for Republicans?
A Texas grand jury on Wednesday charged Rep. Tom DeLay and two political associates with conspiracy in a campaign finance scheme, forcing the House majority leader to temporarily relinquish his post.
Somehow I don’t think it is going to be just a temporary absence from his leadership post.
Even though this was a long-time coming, it is still extremely satisfying for Democrats like myself who are still outraged about the shenanigans that DeLay and company pulled back then.
It remains to be seen whether the indictments will lead to a conviction, but the political damage is done none-the-less.
At the same time that the fire has been turned up on DeLay, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is under scrutiny for a recent stock deal that reeks of insider trading.
And, of course, we still have Patrick Fitzgerald’s investigation into the Valerie Plame outing scandal to look forward to with the possibility of indictments for Karl Rove, Scooter Libby and who knows who else.
And all of this is going down while Republicans in Congress are bashing Bush’s FEMA response to Hurricane Katrina.
In the past, Bush has been able to distract the nation’s attention from domestic troubles like this with his aggressive foreign policy antics. But warning about yet another upsurge of violence in Iraq is not the type of distraction he was hoping for, I’m sure.
The next question is whether or not Bush’s poll numbers can sink any lower.