Ok, so a quick return to the DeLay bit... first because I misspelled it all the way thru, the second becuase I missed a little yesterday.
It seems pretty likely at this point that if DeLay himself wasn't involved in fuzzy, criminal behavior, his closest advisors were, which make it exceedingly difficult to deny he knew what was happening. I'm not so naive to think differently.
That doesn't change the fact that he did the right thing, in the end, by stepping down. By voluntarily taking himself off the stage he leaves seat open for the best candidate to step in and move the conversation back to the issues of the day insteda of hte actions of one man.