Tom DeLay has been indicted and will "temporarily relinquish his leadership post". ...Speaker Dennis Hastert will recommend that Rep. David Dreier of
California step into those duties."
And who is David Dreier? He was swept into Congress on the Reagan tide of 1981, but there is an astonishing backstory that compounds the possibility of a media meltdown on this - apparently, he has been "outed" as a gay Republican, in a story ignored by the national press. Will they continue to ignore it? [RawStory has re-released their expose, so it currently tops the list at Google News.]
And will lefty bloggers ignore this angle? Currently, I am winning in the race to the gutter - neither Josh Marshall, Atrios, nor the Kos himself have noted this point, although I have not had the nerve to check the comments at the latter two. [I find the nerve - it takes 14 comments at Atrios to get to this].
Josh Marshall makes the canny point that Dreier is a placeholder until the DeLay restoration. Which is what people said about Coach Hastert.
As to whether Texas prosecutor Ronnie Earle is a partisan hunting dog, this was kicked around a while back. Atrios helpfully links to this Nov 2004 Media Matters attempt to promote Mr. Earle; I still enjoy my takedown of the Media Matter effort (and Media Matters has yet to correct the very obvious date error I note in my lead).
And let's flashback to May 2005, when Mr. Earle was wacked by the local press for appearing at a Dem fundraiser.
Well. Mr. Earle had nothing when he went after Kay Bailey Hutchison; let's see if history repeats (Keep hope alive!)
UPDATE: Now it appears that Dreier is out, and Blunt is in. Well, I can't argue with this canny logic from Josh Marshall:
DeLay is out as Majority Leader -- at least temporarily. And Hastert plans to recommend Rep. David Dreier (R-CA) as his replacement. Why Dreier? Because DeLay plans on coming back. If DeLay lets someone into the job who actually has the juice to hold it, he might never get it back. That's why the logical person on the totem pole, Majority Whip Roy Blunt, is staying right where he is.
But then again, who can disagree with the Kos:
...it looks like Hastert's efforts to insert Dreier have hit a major roadblock.
It's not as if Hastert ever had any power. Blunt is DeLay's right-hand man. He's not gay. And he's well-entrenched in DeLay, Inc.
There's always an answer.