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  •  Yesterday's DeLay nuggets (4.00)
    How about Tom DeLay:

    The House majority leader late Tuesday tried to deflect criticism of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina by saying "The emergency response system was set up to work from the bottom up," then announced a short time later that House hearings examining that response had been canceled.

    Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, said House Republican leaders instead want a joint House-Senate panel set up to conduct a "congressional review" of the issue.

    Tempers flared Tuesday during a contentious closed-door meeting between House members and Cabinet secretaries in charge of directing Katrina relief efforts. A Republican representative stood up and said, "All of you deserve failing grades. The response was a disaster," CNN was told by lawmakers emerging from the meeting.

    But DeLay countered that assessment later in a news conference by saying that the onus for responding to emergencies fell to local officials.

    "It's the local officials trying to handle the problem. When they can't handle the problem, they go to the state, and the state does what they can to, and if they need assistance from FEMA and the federal government they ask for it and it's delivered," DeLay said.

    Sorry that doesn't collapse into a nice sound bite, but it's pretty despicable nonetheless.

    •  DeLay (4.00)
      ...the very name sums up the Fed's relief effort.

      • The president DeLayed cutting short his vacation.
      • The vice-president DeLayed leaving his Jackson, Wyoming duck hunting "fun."
      • The secretary of state DeLayed while dallying with Monica Seles and shopping for shoes.
      • Michael Brown DeLayed while waters rose.
      • Chertoff Delayed while Brown was drowning in his own ineptitude.
      • and now Delay wants to delay House investigations into all the DeLays.

      Just what our country needs now, Tom.  More delays.

      The most un-American thing you can say is, "You can't say that." -G. Keillor

      by Eddie Haskell on Wed Sep 07, 2005 at 07:19:01 AM PDT

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