The Hammer Strikes

Tom DeLay’s Republican Congress Prepares to Smash the State

The House has become a minefield, with chaos growing as the GOP majority is whittled away, and the right-wing leadership struggling to assert itself ever more aggressively against a rising tide of opposition. Just last week, Tom DeLay brought his storied hammer down on a 10-member coalition of liberal Republicans and moderate Democrats calling themselves New Dogs. So much for encouraging the next crop of upstarts.

With the presidency bruised from the election aftermath, and the courts suffering unprecedented criticism, all that's left of strong government is a Congress dominated by those who would render even their own branch impotent. If you think this is a crisis, you're right.

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