Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Gingrich Strikes Back

And former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) called on House Republicans to elect a new majority leader to permanently replace Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), Abramoff's most powerful ally in Washington, who faces a trial on unrelated criminal charges of violating Texas campaign laws.

"Unequivocally, the House Republicans need to select a new majority leader in late January or early February," said Gingrich, who cited revelations in The Washington Post that a public advocacy group organized by DeLay associates had been largely financed by Russian energy interests.

More and more Newt could possibly make a political comeback, and slaughtering those who essentially betrayed his own 94 Revolution is a good way to start. As The Plank is quick to point out, DeLay and he have a history of animosity. The Abramoff scam could mean the end of GOP dominance in Washington, but just as likely it could definitely catch the party in a "come to Jesus" moment and allow some of the more principled GOPers retake and reorient the party.