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.