DeLay on the Defensive

IF THE HOUSE HAD A THREE-strikes rule, majority leader Tom DeLay would be packing his office. The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct last week rebuked DeLay for two ethics violations and told him to watch his step in the future. He was reprimanded for sending federal officials to look for a plane he believed was carrying Texas Democratic state lawmakers dodging a vote on a DeLay-backed redistricting plan. A second rebuke involved a $25,000 contribution to one of his political committees by Westar, a Kansas energy company that was seeking a special provision in a pending energy bill. The panel's...