Republicans on the House ethics committee said today that they were ready to open an investigation into Representative Tom DeLay of Texas, one of the House's most powerful members, to deflate Democrats' charges that Republicans are trying to protect Mr. DeLay.
Now just make it a credible investigation. Tug every string. Follow every lead. Rake Jack Abramoff over the coals. Let the Democrats issue subpoenas on their own.
They won't do that, but they should.