Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Hope all's well today.
In the category of "I'd really love to wanna feel bad for ya", Tom DeLay announced last night that he's leaving Congress to move to Virginia. DeLay is apparently planning on stepping down from his House seat in late May or early June, thereby clearing the way for Governor Rick Perry to hold a special election so that someone can fill the seat until January when the winner of the upcoming November election will take over. The move is calculated to give Republicans a much better chance at holding onto DeLay's congressional seat in the face of strong opposition by the Democrats. DeLay's announcement also comes at a time when DeLay faces campaign finance charges in Texas and possible implication in a federal corruption investigation involving longtime DeLay ally Jack Abramoff.
We'll all be sad to see DeLay go, here at The Adventures, and we wish him a fond farewell and a swift kick in the ass as he heads out the door on his way to Virginia (probably to mess up that state). Knowing that Republicans are much like the mythical hydra, sprouting new heads when an old head is cut off, Steanso is waiting with bated breath to see who DeLay's annointed replacement will be. How can the Republicans find anyone as ruthlessly mercenary and beholden to special interests as DeLay? It won't be easy.

In other news, Steanso heard San Antonio-based Buttercup on KGSR this morning when driving in to work. Steanso has seen Buttercup perform live on quite a few occasions in the past, and the band is managed (at least some of the time) by Friend of Steanso Charlie Roadman, who also performs in F for Fake (which is a f*%king fantastic band, but that's a different story). Anyway, I guess Buttercup just played a couple of acoustic numbers this morning (sans drummer), but I think that Buttercup is playing a benefit show with a $10 cover this Thursday at Whole Foods. If you want, you can buy some groceries and check them out.

6 comments:

The League said...

I will be curious to see what's going down. Apparently what may have prompted the departure is that one of DeLay's dudes is turning state's evidence.

What's totally awesome is that Congress works like a game of Kick the Can. Apparently if DeLay quits before they can fire him, it's like kicking the can, and now Delay is "Safe".

You know, honestly, I don't understand government at all. I am always hard-pressed to wrap my head around the idea that the voters of one tiny area can hold so much sway over the rest of the country just because they keep re-electing the same person. It's amazing that one suburb's inability to come up with more than one viable candidate means people in Eugene Oregon are having federal decisions being dominated by the voters of Sugarland, Texas.

Anonymous said...

The good news is - - he's gone. It's hard to believe theay could come up with anyone as arrogant on the next go round.

He has the power not because of the people that elected him. It was because no one in congress on either side of the isle had the guts to stand up to him. There are 400+ people, each with one vote.

Anonymous said...

Jeez - I need a spell checker! I'm spoiled by Word and Outlook.

The League said...

Yeah, but how do you gain power in Congress so people won't stand up to you? You just keep getting re-elected. Seniority gets you on the right committees and it gets you the attention of lobbyists.

No doubt DeLay has a strong personality, but if NOT elected, he wouldn't have been there to exercise his clout.

Besides, you assume anyoen wanted to stand up to DeLay. I would suggest that so many people either agree with DeLay or would want to wind up with DeLay's clout one day that nobody bothered to "Stand up" to him.

CrackBass said...

Let's not forget that DeLay is on the way to DC, presumably to work as a lobbyist, potentially having as much or more control in Congress then he did before. Great.

Steanso said...

It still reduces his power by a great deal. I think that this actually was a legitimate victory for the good guys, and the good guys were definitely needing a win...