Delay: "Republicans are leaderless"

The former House Majority Whip bemoans the current state of his party

Published September 23, 2009 5:45PM (EDT)

Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay knows an opportunity when he sees one -- and not just an opportunity to do a little ballroom dancing. And he believes he's spotted one for the Republican Party in the current political environment. But there's a problem.

"The Republican Party doesn't have the organization or leadership to take advantage of this dire political situation that Obama is in now. We have these grassroots sprouting up, but not the party organization to use them," the man known as "The Hammer" told Politics Daily. "Republicans are leaderless ... It's all the same old guys who were in leadership with me, and those old guys aren't the leaders the party needs."

Delay also offered some thoughts on healthcare reform, saying he believes the current Democratic plans are unconstitutional:

The federal government doesn't have the authority to mandate small businesses .... The only way any of this health care could be constitutional would be if the government allowed interstate choice so people could choose health care policies from any of the 50 states.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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