Salena Zito says that Tom DeLay is not angry. But instead he is very disappointed.

DeLay wrote a book, No Retreat, No Surrender “No Retreat. The tells the story of a now-gone GOP majority; it dissects what went wrong, what went right and where the GOP goes from here.

In an interview, DeLay said a lack of trust, a rotting from within, undid his relationships with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former House Majority Leader Dick Armey. “But we knew that we had to get the job done and we accomplished some pretty amazing things in spite of it.”

Of course, not everyone sees things that way. Voters changed majorities last fall.

Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, the lead Democrat strategist for the 2006 House campaign, says DeLay polarized politics.

“He represented polarization and he practiced it,” says Emanuel, whose relationship with DeLay was pure veneer: “I joked with him periodically, but there was no working relationship.”

In his book and in person, DeLay is never one to shy away from saying how he really feels. That includes his thoughts on President Bush, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

“I do respect the president. … I don’t agree with him on certain issues,” DeLay says. His support and respect for George W. Bush rests on the president’s commitment to the war on terror, which DeLay considers the most important issue of our day.

You can read the rest of what Salena writes of the interview here.

Delay during the interview did say this about the President and Rumsfeld, which I completely agree with him on:

Yet he strongly disagrees with Bush on his approach to immigration. “First and foremost you have to provide security for the border. … Then you can talk about a very limited, very strict guest-worker program.”

DeLay believes Rumsfeld was shown the door in response to last year’s election; “I was very disappointed that the president let him go the way that (he) did.”

As always Tom DeLay says it as he calls it – just read his book.

Salena Zito is a Trib editorial page columnist. Ms. Zito has graciously granted me copyright permission to reprint her work here on The HILL Chronicles.

Crossposted from The HILL Chronicles

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