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The Hammer Pounds One More Time

One of DeLay's biggest political assets - and some would also argue one of his biggest liabilities - is his hard-charging, take-no-prisoners attitude. That attitude is on display in today's USA Today where DeLay chastises his fellow Republicans for defeatism:

The former No. 2 House leader criticized his Republican colleagues for "panic, depression and woe-is-me-ism," and predicted they will lose control in November "if they continue the attitude they have right now."

Whether you love or hate Tom DeLay, there's no denying he was an effective political operator. House Republicans are currently floundering in the wake of his influence: on one hand they're suffering from a political atmosphere of which Tom DeLay is poster boy and architect, on the other hand the discipline in the Republican caucus isn't what it used to be.