In a superb post, Blog of the Week Gay Patriot traces the seeds of the Republicans’ 2006 defeat to the choice of Tom DeLay as Majority Whip in 1994. The Patriot’s analysis is compelling, and he draws a strong parallel to tomorrow’s election for a new Republican House leadership. Read it all; here is a brief excerpt:
Perhaps had Walker won that election, he might have helped the GOP stand true to the principles he had long promoted. Instead, Tom DeLay sought to retain Republican power by the means the Democrats has used when they were in the majority, building alliances with lobbyists and using earmarks to set-aside pork for the districts of the various representatives.