When we saw the story in U.S. News and World Report Wednesday, it struck us as too thinly sourced to bother passing along. But at least one big-time Republican blogger seems to be taking it seriously, so here goes: An "associate" tells the magazine that Josh Bolten, the president's new chief of staff, may be thinking about tapping Tom DeLay as his replacement to run the Office of Management and Budget.
It strikes us as about as likely as somebody hiring former FEMA director Michael Brown as a Katrina consultant -- something the good folks in St. Bernard Parish were apparently considering until smarter heads prevailed this week. But DeLay still has his fans, among them Powerline's John Hinderaker, who writes: "If we could get the spending-hawk DeLay of the 1990s rather than the 'no more fat to cut' DeLay of more recent years, he'd be a good choice. No one knows more about the budget. And I'd like to see the administration show some support for DeLay."
Wouldn't we all?
Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.