I guess once you have the foul stench of corruption on you, people will stop handing you money. Too bad lobbyists are disqualified from donating to DeLay's criminal defense fund, because then he would be loaded with cash.
I may be recalling incorrectly, but I believe you were predicting DeLay's demise due to Ronnie Earle, which was and is ridiculous. Ronnie Earle's indictment is written in crayon and held together with duct tape. The Abramoff thing has always been the more serious accusation.
Of course, we haven't heard anything about DeLay actually being indicted or even investigated w/r/t Abramoff yet, but if he is guilty, he should be tossed under the bus.
Maybe DeLay will be back... his replacement as House Whip (Boehner) just said that he would step aside and let DeLay have his job back, if DeLay is acquited on the Texas charges (Ronnie Earl case). Boehner and DeLay are buddies. Since the Abramoff trial doesn't happen til December 2007, DeLay could be back in his old job before the end of the year.
Will the GOP allow it? IMO if DeLay comes back as Whip, it wouldn't just be the GOP shooting themselves in the foot, it would be the GOP shooting themselves in the head.