The House Republicans, in a move to protect their ethically-challeged leader, Tom DeLay, have removed the rule that requires indicted leaders to step down from their jobs. Two of DeLay's close lieutenants have been indicted in Texas, and DeLay faces similar charges, along with an apparent felony attempt to use Homeland Security to locate missing democratic legislators. Ironically, Republicans instituted the rule as a reform measure to change the way the House did business. A decade of running things has done it's work. They didn't beat the democrats. They became the democrats.