Rep. Tom DeLay has decided not to run for reelection in 2006.
On the whole, this is probably a net win for Republicans. DeLay was in some trouble, although he probably would have retained his seat. The GOP badly needs a fresh start, and with Rep. Boehner taking his majority leader position and new leadership in the House, DeLay’s old base of power was eroding. DeLay’s comments about the government having no pork to cut was one of the more bone-headed statements of last year – no mean feat indeed. Stepping down now was probably the right choice for him – it doesn’t look like it comes from political pressure and it clears the deck for a new set of GOP leaders. No doubt the left will be crowing, but if it’s a victory in any way for them it could ultimately by a Pyrrhic one.