Vigilantes? Yes. Tom DeLay? Not so much.

When Rep. Chris Shays (R-CT) called for the resignation of Rep. Tom DeLay, conservatives turned on Shays as if he were the one going around verbally attacking federal judges and embroiled in ethics scandals. Shays’s congressional colleague Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) claimed he was “totally out of touch” with mainstream conservatives and “disloyal to the party and to people as individuals.” That personal attack wasn’t enough for Rohrabacher who went on to call Shays a “jerk” who gained his notoriety off of his disloyalty. Rush Limbaugh addressed his comments to Shays himself and declared, “It’s going to take a lot more than you, Chris Shays, to get rid of someone who’s decent and good and moral and upstanding and a fighter, and that’s Tom DeLay.”

Now, Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) has postured that if Tom DeLay “chose to resign as majority leader until these matters are resolved, that’s probably not the worst idea.” This is the same congressman who served as the keynote speaker at the kickoff event for the Minuteman Project, calling the group “heroes.” Well, you really have to wonder how DeLay feels knowing that a man ready and willing to defend armed “vigilantes” won’t even jump to his defense. Or is Tancredo just another “disloyal” “jerk”?