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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-18-07 03:56 AM
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DeLay absolves himself in his book
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March 18, 2007, 1:56AM
DeLay absolves himself in his book

New York Times

WASHINGTON Tom DeLay, the fiery former House majority leader and longtime congressman from Sugar Land, knows why his party lost control of Congress last year. And he is not to blame.

In his new book, DeLay, a polarizing figure whom Democrats sought to make a symbol of Republican corruption, attributes the Republican defeat in November to frustration with President Bush, the war and "a general perception of Republican incompetence and lack of principles."

"I would suggest that Republicans lost because they did not communicate their message and their victories with enough strength to overcome short-term, media-fed issues that arose right before the election," DeLay writes in the book, No Retreat, No Surrender, referring in part to the congressional page scandal.

In typical take-no-prisoners fashion, DeLay, who left Congress last year after his indictment in Texas on charges related to campaign financing, lashes out at Newt Gingrich, the former speaker, and other fellow leaders of the 1994 Republican revolution. He criticizes the Republican leader of the ethics panel that admonished him, calls former President Clinton "slimy" and portrays leading Democrats as his evil liberal tormentors.

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