But as DeLay steps down to fight the criminal charge, House Speaker Dennis Hastert announced that he would recommend Rep. David Dreier (R-CA) as temporary majority leader. What gives?
Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo has an intriguing (and well-informed) opinion:
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.