Hastert raises the white flag
Dennis Hastert agrees to take a step back from the new GOP rules in the ethics committee. They Democrats have effectively locked the committee up since then refusing to offer any votes on anything. Why? Well, it's actually a Democratic victory. GOP realized that Tom DeLay is out there, blowing in the wind, a negative charge of scandal all around him, and he's unable to clear his name if the committee is locked up. But new chairman Lugar will do all he can to clear DeLay, after the old chairman was fired by Hastert, Repbulican Joel Hefley R-Colorado, for admonishing DeLay three times last year. Democrats can savor the victory for sixteen seconds until the next round of bait and switch. Remember the new GOP is all about the agenda. Agenda at all costs, regardless of agreements, handshakes, signed contracts or promises.