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Fatal Blow to The Hammer

The fact that Tom DeLay, Republican Leader of the US House of Representatives, has resigned, will not greatly impact or effect people outside America.

DeLay has been known as "The Hammer" given the way he goes about his "business". It seems people fell into two camps - love or loath him.

Now caught up in more than one scandal, DeLay has decided to quit.

What makes this article by Molly Ivins on about DeLay's "departure" so interesting, is to read how he "operated". Bringing to bear his alleged Christian values, the actions of methods of DeLay, asa recounted by Ivins, are quite breathtaking.


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