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Thursday, January 06, 2005

GOP Initiates Circular Firing Squad

As the 109th Congress convenes, Republicans are taking pity on the Democratic minority who still find themselves in search of a spine, by offering up their first blood sacrifice: Rep. Joel Hefley (R-CO). According to the WaPo:

House Republicans have decided to replace the chairman of the ethics committee, who has crossed House Majority Leader Tom DeLay so many times that the two barely speak, top leadership aides said yesterday. The chairman, Rep. Joel Hefley (R-Colo.), has not been told his fate but said in an interview that his fellow leaders are "probably going to boot me."

With all the genuflecting DeLay obviously expects on the part of a new chairman, might we suggest David Dreier (R-CA), whose experience in blind obiescence to Republican talking points already gives him a leg up?