Do Democrats Have No Civility?

Rep. Tom DeLay (R.-Tex.) announces his retirement after 22 years of public service, and how to Democrats react? With a thank you? Nah. These are Democrats we’re talking about.

Instead of recognizing this public servant’s devotion to government, Democrats last night decided to go on the attack. Like him or hate, DeLay at least deserves thanks for his commitment to public service. By going on the attack, Democrats showed they have no class. They’ve apparently abandoned any notion of civility, too.

Here’s the statement from Democratic National Committee Communications Director Karen Finney:

Tom DeLay’s announcement is just the beginning of the reckoning of the Republican culture of corruption that has gripped Washington for too long. From DeLay, to Scooter Libby, to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, to Duke Cunningham, to Bob Ney, to David Safavian — the list goes on and on. Make no mistake, this Fall the American people are going to have a clear choice between Democrats who offer a bold vision based on honest leadership and real security, and Republicans who can only offer more of the same Republican culture of corruption and incompetence.

In contrast (and certainly not surprisingly), House Majority Leader John Boehner (R.-Ohio), who succeeded DeLay, had nothing but praise for the Texan’s service:

Simply put Tom is one of the most effective and gifted leaders the Republican Party has ever known.  He was a tireless advocate for his constituents, the state of Texas, and all Americans who shared a commitment to the principles of smaller government, more freedom, and family values.  

The country owes Tom a great debt of gratitude for helping lead America in a new direction — a direction outlined in the Contract with America that saw balanced budgets, historic welfare reforms, lower taxes, regulatory relief, and a renewed respect for the sanctity of life.  I am pleased he plans to remain active and engaged in fighting for the principles that unite our Republican majority.

He has served our nation with integrity and honor, and I’m honored to call him my colleague and friend.