The Note: Cash and Carry

USA Today's Jim Drinkard's sources tell him that the House ethics committee has decided not to pursue an investigation into DeLay. LINK

DeLay: editorials and op-eds:

The Washington Post ed board prays DeLay's exit also means the end of "DeLayism." LINK

"In Mr. DeLay's House, money was king: Members had to raise so much for chairmanships, so much for leadership posts. He presided over a sprawling financial empire of leadership PACs, nonprofit groups, charitable foundations and campaign committees that at least pushed the envelope of campaign finance laws, if not outright violating them."

"Mr. DeLay in his heyday got a lot done, but at a terrible cost to the institution -- and, we would argue, the party -- that he helped lead."

Cheer up, Democrats upset about DeLay's departure, writes David Broder in the Washington Post, who suggests that DeLay's exit may turn into a "rout" of the dominant party in Washington. LINK

"With DeLay's departure, the Democrats lose their most convenient symbol of abuse of power by the Republican majority -- but they have not lost the issue. DeLay's successor as majority leader, John Boehner of Ohio, continues to manage the House on the same partisan basis, looking for votes almost exclusively on his own side of the aisle and declining to offer Democrats any incentives to cooperate."

"And that raises an interesting challenge for the new White House chief of staff, Josh Bolten. If he is the realist that his admirers believe, he has to acknowledge the odds that there will be fewer Republicans in Congress after November than there are today -- and perhaps not a majority."

If the G.O.P. wants to recover from DeLay in time for the November elections, it can't continue ducking the issues, the Wall Street Journal editorializes. LINK

"[The biggest Republican problem now is the demoralization of their own voters. Their lack of meaningful achievements this Congress (beyond the two Supreme Court Justices), all of their spending, and troubles in Iraq have left conservative voters wondering what the point is to voting for the GOP. If Republicans want their supporters to show up on election day, they'll need more of a message than wearing a 'Speaker Nancy Pelosi' fright mask."

The Hill's editorial board takes a look at DeLay's past troubles and accomplishments, and opines that "it is a measure of pugnacity and political skills that he acknowledged no weakness until he made the decision to quit." LINK

More: "The Republicans are losing a dominant figure, the Democrats are losing a bogeyman and a giant they looked to be slaying, and Congress is losing one of the most effective and controversial operators in a history not short of them."

The Boston Herald's ed board wishes DeLay goodbye, and good riddance: "DeLay has spent years playing fast and loose with the few rules that govern political conduct - in part because, well, he could. All of that finally came back to haunt him. Frankly, he can't leave Congress soon enough." LINK

Bloomberg's Margaret Carlson writes that if "the Democrats were still alive," DeLay wouldn't have lasted as long as he did. LINK

John Podhoretz of the New York Post writes of DeLay's love of the Republican Party above all else. LINK

DeLay: bio:

The Washington Post offers a reader-friendly timeline summarizing DeLay's political moves -- as well as his ongoing "ethical troubles" -- over the last 22 years. LINK

DeLay: what's next:

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