Tom DeLay Cleared In Abramoff Scandal

The great Ed Morrissey points out the lesson that must be learned from all of this:

Nonetheless, the travails of DeLay and the GOP in 2006 should serve as a “stark” lesson for Republicans in the midterms. DeLay authored the notorious “K Street Project” that attempted to build a permanent Republican majority by marrying the party to lobbyists. That resulted in an explosion of pork and a curious predilection with so-called “big government conservatism” that exploded spending after George W. Bush took office. That marriage of the federal government and special interests discredited the GOP as an alternative to Democrats, which combined with the scandal led to their downfall in 2006 and 2008.

No more K Street Projects, and no more big-government conservatism. The next Republican majority had better focus on actual reductions in federal government and the end of pork-barrel spending to woo lobbyists.

Indeed. The Republican Revolution of 1994 was destroyed not by the Democrats or the media, but by the Republicans’ own greed. Absolute power corrupts….you know the rest.

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