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More on DeLay-In light of the overwhelming disapproval of Congressional meddling, he steps out
 


26 March 2005 at 12:00:00 AM
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Mr. DeLay was front and center in the political opportunity show surrounding the Terri Schaivo situation. He said “One thing that God has brought to us is Terri Schiavo, to help elevate the visibility of what is going on in America". We do not believe that God brings unfortunate people forward to be used for political ends, but doubt this is why we so suddenly see and hear little of formerly boisterous Mr. DeLay.

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.

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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.

Mr. DeLay is showing himself to not only be an extremist but beyond the pale in attempting to tie the Schiavo case to his own ethics problems. Perhaps he has stepped out of the spotlight because of a desire by others in his party to show a less immoderate Republican face to the public.


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