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DeLay: "Republicans are leaderless"

 CHERYL BURKE, TOM DELAY (ABC/ADAM LARKEY)


Emilly Miller from Politics Daily caught up with former House Majority Leader (and current Dancing With The Stars) Tom DeLay on the way to a dance rehearsal and asked him about the health care debate (he predicts passage along party lines), and the state of the Republican party.

I asked his predictions for House seats in 2010. "Republicans will pick up some seats in the House, maybe 20, but not enough to take back control."

Shaking his head with frustration, he added, "The Republican Party doesn't have the organization or leadership to take advantage of this dire political situation that Obama is in now. We have these grassroots sprouting up, but not the party organization to use them."

"Republicans are leaderless,'' he went on, "so we're just fighting each other instead of Obama's radical policies. There's no political leader of the party taking control. So, Republicans are just attacking each other for being too far right or too far left. Even Rush and Hannity are doing it."

So who does DeLay see as the GOP's up-and-comers? "No one," he replied in exasperation. "It's all the same old guys who were in leadership with me, and those old guys aren't the leaders the party needs."

He couldn't name one viable leader for the Republicans, saying that the party has no chance, "barring a miracle," of regaining the House or Senate next year.

I don't think it's unrealistic that there appear to no new leaders right now, but DeLay does have it right about the future. It's time for some new blood, pronto.


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Comments (23)

On the 'up side', you can't... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

On the 'up side', you can't "Alinsky" a leader that isn't there.

Look at the damage being done right now, without a "leader".

Why would anyone listen to ... (Below threshold)
Michael:

Why would anyone listen to a man who wore tights on national TV? Also Delay cut and ran from the house...so who cares what he thinks.

It's time for some new b... (Below threshold)
wolfwalker:

It's time for some new blood, pronto.

Got any suggestions?

Maybe if the old flipping "... (Below threshold)
mpw280:

Maybe if the old flipping "leaders" had groomed some replacements instead of screwing anyone with talent but that didn't fit their mold 100% we might have the leadership we need now. mpw

Someone will rise up. They ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Someone will rise up. They always do. The crisis at hand brings the leader. ww

Michael - "Why would an... (Below threshold)
Marc:

Michael - "Why would anyone listen to a man who wore tights on national TV? Also Delay cut and ran from the house...so who cares what he thinks."

Question: Is that statement based on willful ignorance or a legitimate lack of knowledge?

"Cut and run," Indeed, the reality which you overlook is he was forced out because Republican Conference rules forced him to resign from his position as Majority Leader.

Then when running for a return to Congress thought the better of it due to polling numbers as a result of a sham court case brought by a sham prosecutor based on a law that didn't exist at the time of the alleged infraction.

In fact he took "one for the team" hoping to keep the seat if repub hands.

"Michael - "Why would an... (Below threshold)
914:

"Michael - "Why would anyone listen to a man who wore tights on national TV? Also Delay cut and ran from the house...so who cares what he thinks."

Who cares what a community agitator thinks?


Why would anyone listen to a Man who lies repeatedly via the teleprompter on National tv?

Why do You visit this site?

Why are You late on Your Troll union fees?

Thats right.. I said it.

This should be filed under:... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

This should be filed under: STUPID THINGS PEOPLE WILL DO FOR MONEY.

Gee ... was Romney in Washi... (Below threshold)

Gee ... was Romney in Washington with Delay ? Was Palin ? Was Jindal ?

He couldn't think of anyone ... wow ...

Hey 914, I am a conservativ... (Below threshold)
Michael:

Hey 914, I am a conservative...I just don't like cowards from Texas opening their big mouths after they lost us a House seat...moron.

Notwithstanding DeLay's sho... (Below threshold)

Notwithstanding DeLay's shortcomings - and he had many, many, many - he is right that the GOP has no real leadership, at least not that I want to hang my hat on.

But he is wrong that the GOP is spending its efforts fighting among itself. There are some, but most of the effort is going to fight Obama. And he is wrong that the GOP needs a leader if it is going to regain the House; House seats are going to be won on the basis of Obama's popularity and that of the particular candidates although to be fair, the last line in the excerpt leaves open the possibility that DeLay wasn't linking recapturing control with a lack of leadership, I just can't tell from the way it was written).

"Hey 914, I am a conservati... (Below threshold)
914:

"Hey 914, I am a conservative...I just don't like cowards from Texas opening their big mouths after they lost us a House seat...moron"

Ok.... Your a closet Troll.

The "leader" they speak of ... (Below threshold)
JustRuss:

The "leader" they speak of probably doesn't belong to the Republican party, at least not any more. Sarah Palin appears to be positioning herself as a Libertarian. Is this the first glimpse of a possible third party candidate that is viable? I would vote for her if she ran as a Conservative Democrat!

Get a life 914..."closet tr... (Below threshold)
Michael:

Get a life 914..."closet troll"... so funny. So your happy Delay is on national TV shaking his fat ass? So dignified.

I'm thinking a 'lack of lea... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

I'm thinking a 'lack of leadership' for the Republican Party's not a bug - it's more of a feature.

I'm not worrying about it - when the time comes and it's needed, a leader will be apparent. But for now? There's no need for it - Obama's doing a fine job of setting up a Republican House and Senate in 2010...

"Get a life 914..."closet t... (Below threshold)
914:

"Get a life 914..."closet troll"... so funny. So your happy Delay is on national TV shaking his fat ass? So dignified."

Sorry, I dont watch tv. Have everything that interests Me on the cpu.

No offense. If He (Delay), wants to make money in America, more power to Him.

As long as He is not screwing someone else to get it. Like the butterfly like eared Monarch we have sitting in the Oval office (occasionally), is doing.

That is when Hes not lubing up the prompter for another sabbattical screw job.

That is, when Hes not lubin... (Below threshold)
914:

That is, when Hes not lubing up the prompter for another sabbattical screw job.

Sorry for the typo tele.

Keep an eye on Mitch Daniel... (Below threshold)
Ken:

Keep an eye on Mitch Daniels of Indiana. Says he will not run, but there are efforts to draft him. He has done a great job in Indiana.

Thank You Ken~... (Below threshold)
914:

Thank You Ken~

The Republican Party has pl... (Below threshold)
davidt:

The Republican Party has plenty of leaders.

The Party's problem is that Conservatives aren't too eager to follow them considering where these leaders have led us to.

Amen davidt...At l... (Below threshold)
914:

Amen davidt...

At least Delay was'nt Dancing with the CZARS!!

Who were the Dem leaders 4 ... (Below threshold)
Pretzel Logic:

Who were the Dem leaders 4 years ago? Hillary? Kerry? Dean? Our ideas and beliefs lead us, we'll pick the right people to represent them soon enough.

Gotta agree with GarandFan.... (Below threshold)
Hank:

Gotta agree with GarandFan.
These dems desperately need someone to "alinsky". It seems to be what unifies them, as sad as that is.




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