TOM DELAY: MARTYR?….In an effort to buck up Tom DeLay’s spirits last week, Christian Right leader Rick Scarborough assured DeLay that he was nothing less than a martyr to the conservative cause. “God always does his best work right after a crucifixion,” he said, and DeLay himself seems to agree. Last year he told the Family Research Council that attacks on him were actually “a huge, nationwide, concerted effort to destroy everything we believe in.”

Question: Is this going to work? Now that he’s officially announced his crucifixion retirement, will DeLay’s erstwhile allies in Congress stand by him as a symbol of right wing martyrdom or will they drop him like a hot potato? I vote for the potato.