When is loyalty more important than doing the right thing?

When you’re a republican. :p

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican from California, told the Associated Press that the ethics allegations against DeLay might fade away “except you’ve got jerks like Chris Shays who get notoriety by being disloyal to their fellow Republicans.” And no less of a moral authority than Rush Limbaugh piled on yesterday, saying: “It’s going to take a lot more than you, Chris Shays, to get rid of someone who’s decent and good and moral and upstanding and a fighter, and that’s Tom DeLay.”
That’s the same Tom DeLay who was admonished three times last year by the House ethics committee, the same Tom DeLay whose wife and daughter were apparently paid $500,000 by political organizations he controlled, the same Tom DeLay who, the Wall Street Journal said, “rode to power in 1994 on a wave of revulsion at the everyday ways of big government” but “has become the living exemplar of some of its worst habits.”

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He’s as crooked as they come. I just don’t understand the need to rally in the face of selling your soul to the devil.
Don’t get it. Nope.
Ya know, there ARE good Republicans out there, why are “they” so against finding some and putting them forward? Oh er… because the agenda of the current administration would make the skin of a good Republican crawl. A bunch of sell-outs. And that goes for both sides. Rawr.
EDIT: And this just in…

April 13, 2005 | Washington — House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, hoping to hold support among fellow Republicans, urged GOP senators Tuesday to blame Democrats if asked about his ethics controversy and accused the news media of twisting supportive comments so they sounded like criticism.
Officials said DeLay recommended that senators respond to questions by saying Democrats have no agenda other than partisanship, and are attacking him to prevent Republicans from accomplishing their legislative program. One Republican said the Texan referred to a “mammoth operation” funded by Democratic supporters and designed to destroy him as a symbol of the Republican majority.

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The plot thickens.