This ongoing slippage, which has been going on since 1980, despite the Wunderkind Clinton, explains the Democrats' desperate assault on House Majority Leader DeLay, the most successful Republican to hold that position in modern times. Ben Stein wrote recently in DeLay's defense that he "is morally probably the highest level public servant I have ever met." Ben, I shall take your word for that. Certainly nothing I have seen in the corpus delicti gathered up by the Democrats' servants in the media demonstrates otherwise. All of it is either blameless or standard operating procedure for all Washington pols, Democrat, Republican and Independent.
Did DeLay have his wife and daughter on his payroll for campaign-related work? That was the news story that was supposed to send him to the gallows last week. This week it has been reported that Independent congressman Bernard Sanders has been doing the same. If the press looks carefully, it will discover an abundance of solons employing family members. What the Democrats are doing is creating yet another double standard: What is impermissible for Republicans is not even mentioned when practiced by Democrats.
My guess is that DeLay is going to survive easily. He has done no wrong, though he might in the future be more scrupulous in availing himself to the hospitality of Washington wheeler-dealers. How his enemies are going to survive is more problematic. They have driven themselves to the edge. As with the president so now with DeLay, they are nearly out of their minds. The only good that can come of this condition for them is this. In their hysteria they will not be able to notice what fools they make of themselves. They will be stuck with DeLay up there on the Hill passing legislation, but they will still have their self-esteem. Of course, they even maintained their self-esteem when they voted for the buffoonish Sen. Kerry.