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Multiple choice

Stephen Green asks which of the following will be the most popular justification floated for DeLay's indictment?

1. A sacrificial lamb to distract from Bush's low poll numbers.

2. A distraction from Bush's next Supreme Court pick.

3. A chance for Hillary/Kerry/Edwards to grandstand.

4. The guy had it coming.

5. All of the above.

I vote for the anti-2: Bush's opponents will claim his next court pick is designed to distract from the DeLay indictment. Yes, I know it makes no sense. I predict it nonetheless.

By the way, I should make one thing clear. My personal dislike of Tom DeLay and my desire to see him gone do not necessarily imply that I believe this indictment to have substance. It may or may not, but I'm not closing the door on the possibility that it's politically motivated. For that, we will have to wait and see.

My own thought has always been that he was all liability and no asset. Granted, he had a near legendary ability to get the caucus to toe the party line, but when the party line is voting for pork-laden transportation bills, what's the benefit of that?