Rich Galen

Hastert tried to have the rule changed to say you had to be under a FEDERAL indictment to have to resign, but the public outcry proved to be too much and DeLay had to give up his role as Majority Leader.

Temporarily, he thought.

After a bunch of fits and starts, things got worse and worse. The House needed a permanent Majority Leader. A vote was taken, and John Boehner of Ohio beat Blunt officially succeeding DeLay as Leader.

DeLay resigned from the House in June, 2006 and many in Washington thought that was that.

Now DeLay is, in essence, claiming that because he was not a Member of the House at the exact moment when the Democrats seized control, he was not responsible and is offering himself up to be the man who can guide the GOP back into power.

As much as anyone Tom DeLay is responsible for the demise of Republican control of the House and it is difficult for me to see how he can lead them back. Blog or not.

On MSNBC's "Hardball" the other night, Tom DeLay admitted he doesn't actually write his blog. He told guest host Mike Barnicle:

"Well, I'm not a very good writer. I have the ideas, and I have somebody else put the words together."

This is absolutely typical of Tom DeLay: He went on television to announce the launch of his blog and then had to admit … he doesn't write it.

Tom DeLay. Freddy Kruger. Recurring Nightmares.

On the Secret Decoder Ring today: Not much. A Mullfoto which is actually two Time Magazine covers (which will annoy you) and a Catchy Caption of the Day (which will confound you).

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at