Tom DeLay: McCain’s nomination will destroy the GOP

Exposing more rifts in the Republican Party, disgraced former Majority Leader Tom DeLay clearly can’t stand John McCain. I actually don’t think hate would be too strong a word here either:

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) lambasted Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) Thursday for “betraying” the conservative movement.

During a private luncheon with Republican chiefs of staff on Capitol Hill, DeLay — who has criticized McCain for years — stepped up his attacks in the wake of the senator’s reemergence as a top presidential contender. DeLay said McCain has no principles and indicated he would not endorse the senator if he won the GOP primary.

“If McCain gets the nomination, I don’t know what I’ll do,” DeLay said at the Capitol Hill Club, according to a source in the room. “I might have to sit this one out.”

He added that a McCain triumph for the GOP nomination would destroy the Republican Party.

On one level, this certainly makes the McCain nomination more appealing. And, it’s actually comical to hear Tom DeLay say someone else has no principles.


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