A SWIMMING POOL, NOT A BATHTUB….Via Atrios, Tom DeLay finally admits that shrinking government to the point where we can drown it in a bathtub isn’t going to happen:

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said yesterday that Republicans have done so well in cutting spending that he declared an “ongoing victory,” and said there is simply no fat left to cut in the federal budget.

….”My answer to those that want to offset the spending is sure, bring me the offsets, I’ll be glad to do it. But nobody has been able to come up with any yet,” the Texas Republican told reporters at his weekly briefing.

Asked if that meant the government was running at peak efficiency, Mr. DeLay said, “Yes, after 11 years of Republican majority we’ve pared it down pretty good.”

Good job, Republicans! Can we now send Grover Norquist home?