Per the Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman, Hastert's job "appears safe for now" but there are "rumblings" among "some lawmakers and aides" that he waited "too long to act" and that his prior conduct has "eluded close inspection," even when the former wrestling coach himself "rubbed elbows with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his clients." LINK
"'I suppose that DeLay was simply a much more inviting target for the [Democrats], so Hastert is left alone,'" said Congressman Jeff Flake (R-AZ). 'Maybe people will start focusing on Hastert now.'"
Wethinks many reporters will likely take on Rep. Flake's not-so-subtle assignment.
From Rep. Thaddeus McCottor's (R-MI) "Dear Colleague" letter seeking support for his bid to replace Rep. Shadegg as the House GOP Policy Committee Chairman. LINK
"I never envisioned seeking such a position, because I'm a bald, guitar twanging back-bencher on four 'B-committees' from a borderline district in a 'blue state.' I'm also not a member of the Republican Study Committee nor the Republican Main Street Partnership -- and, oh, did I mention I lack a leadership fund? (Though, in the interests of full disclosure, the K Street lobbyists do take all my calls just so they can testify they've told someone 'no.')"
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Jessica Boulanger, Congressman Blunt's spokeswoman, has this to say about the State of the Race:
"Maybe you discussed it at Campbell and Dan's party. Or over brunch at Hank's Oyster Bar. "Did you hear about Blunt? Says he's got the votes." Here's the truth: he does. And while you'll no doubt blame your editors who will demand proof we're not gonna give (that pesky Member trust thing), we don't blame you for trying to keep it a horserace. The SCOTUS swing-vote drama didn't really pan out either."
"Because Halperin's word limit is cutting me off like the timekeeper at the Golden Globes, let's roll the credits:"
"Akin, Alexander, Baker, Barton, Blackburn, Bonilla, Bonner, Boozman, Bradley, Brady, Brown-Waite, Burgess, Burton, Camp, Carter, Capito, Cole, Conaway, Crenshaw, Culberson, J. Davis, G. Davis, T. Davis, Dent, L. Diaz-Balart, M. Diaz-Balart, Deal, Doolittle, Duncan, Emerson, Everett, Ferguson, Fitzpatrick, Foley, Fortuno, Frelinghuysen, Gohmert, Goodlatte, Granger, Graves, Hall, Harris, Hulshof, Hunter, Issa, Jindal, Johnson, Kingston, Kirk, Kuhl, Leach, LoBiondo, McCaul, McHenry, Mica, Miller, Murphy, Myrick, Neugebauer, Norwood, Peterson, Petri, Poe, Putnam, Reichert, Renzi, Ros-Lehtinen, Schwarz, Shaw, Shays, Shuster, Sherwood, C. Smith, L. Smith, Sullivan, Taylor, Tancredo, Upton, Walden, Walsh, Weldon, Weller, Westmoreland, Wicker, Wilson."
Kevin Smith, Congressman Boehner's communications director, weighs in with this: