Wednesday, September 28, 2005


The indictment of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (one count of criminal conspiracy from a Texas grand jury) seemed to open the door for Rep. Roy Blunt to move up one position in the House pecking order. Blunt is already majority whip, the No. 3 position in the House leadership.

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.
Roy Blunt may be loyal to DeLay and Hastert, but the feeling doesn't seem very mutual.


Anonymous said...

Perhaps, Ron, but the Republican members seem to have taken a shine to him.
They just elected Roy Blunt Majority Leader.
He's now a heartbeat away from becomming 3 heartbeats away.

Ron Davis said...

Duly noted and posted, JJ. Does this mean Roy Blunt is a member of the Four Heartbeats?

Anonymous said...

You slipped one past me, Ron.
I'm lost with the "Four Heartbeats" reference.
Oh, and my bad, it's "one heartbeat away from being TWO heartbeats away."
Ever since Al Haig, I've had problems with that whole "chain of succession" thing.

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