Kafka is smiling
Watching the House of Reps drift in the breeze like autumn leaves.
For what it's worth, the Rep from my district, Cathy McMorris, is holding rock-steady in these tough times. In the past I've called her unimpressive on 'social' matters, but on defense, economics and energy independence she deserves a loud BRAVO! It must be hard to resist the pressures of the eco-tyrants.
Most of the House, though, seems to be completely helpless without a leader. This indicates that most of the members have no principles at all. And where is the leader? He's being ground up by a totally pointless and totally endless court proceeding, based on laws that should never have been made.
Campaign finance laws are, of course, prima facie unconstitutional. Free speech and so on. Beyond that, it occurs to me while watching Ronnie
Earle run Tom DeLay through the blender, that this process also violates a less famous bit of the Constitution.
Article 1, Section 6: ...and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.
The founders were mainly thinking of libel and slander suits, but what Ronnie Earle is doing to Tom DeLay amounts to the same thing. Using the courts to punish political actions.