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steve2470 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 09:20 AM
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DeLay Quietly Steps Out of the Schiavo Spotlight
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/26/politics/26delay.html ?



DeLay Quietly Steps Out of the Schiavo Spotlight
By CARL HULSE and ADAM NAGOURNEY

Published: March 26, 2005



WASHINGTON, March 25 - Early this week, Tom DeLay assumed an uncharacteristically visible role in the Terri Schiavo case, pressing Congress to intervene, invoking God and attacking Ms. Schiavo's husband before television cameras and on the House floor. Now, with the prospect that she will be kept alive essentially dashed in the courts, he has slipped out of the spotlight.

Mr. DeLay, the House majority leader, is not alone. Republican responses, including those of President Bush and Bill Frist, the Senate majority leader, have become muted in the face of the legal setbacks and of polls that show overwhelming disapproval of Congressional intervention, as well as a perception among the public that lawmakers trying it were motivated by politics. A CBS News poll released Thursday found that 82 percent of respondents believed that the president and Congress should stay out of the case, while 13 percent thought they should intervene.

Republican Congressional officials say the lower profile is partly just a reflection of the fact that Congress, having already returned once to enact a law that fought Ms. Schiavo's death, has again departed Washington for the Easter recess. It is also, they say, a gesture of respect to a dying woman and her family, rather than an accommodation to politics.

Still, for Mr. DeLay in particular, the decision to step forward in the first place - after weeks in which he had methodically avoided television cameras as he fended off questions about his ethics - may prove to be crucial in what could turn out to be his most difficult year in Congress. While the Schiavo case may have energized his conservative supporters, Democrats and some independent analysts say, it may also have thrust him into the national consciousness at the very moment his opponents are trying to make him a symbol of Republican excess and force another ethics investigation.

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TwilightZone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 09:38 AM
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1. More like "DeLay Runs and Hides".
I'm beginning to think he's even more unethical than Bush is, and I didn't think that was possible.
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pretzel4gore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 11:16 AM
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2. remember 'Fargo'?
DeLays the stone killer creep....
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