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Speaker of the House

It seems that the House Republicans' intransigence on the intelligence reform bill is part and parcel of how many of them behave on a regular basis. The next President, whoever it is, will have to deal with these ideological zealots.

Before we blame all of this on well-known extremist Tom DeLay, we should listen to what the longtime student of Congress Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute has to say about a guy who's less well-known as an extremist, Speaker Dennis Hastert.