Okay, so I have to admit I have mixed feelings about the Republican repeal of the DeLay Rule. I think it was the right thing to do, considering that Republicans ran on a platform of "morality" and "values."
But I also get the impression that it was the threat of the Democrats forcing a vote on the issue on the House floor that really made the Republicans decide not to embrace wholesale hypocrisy. That is to say, it was only the threat of their deeds being aired in front of the public on the floor of the House did the Republicans change course.
Ultimately, by repealing the DeLay Rule, the Republicans did the right thing. But I still don't feel good about them. It seems pretty sleazy what they tried to do. Is it more important that they came to their senses and changed course than that they tried to essentially destroy any ethical standards in the House?
I don't know. I don't feel vindicated here.