Today on Holden’s Obsession with Yesterday’s Gaggle

From Holden:

I’m late to yesterday’s gaggle, they must have posted the transcript after I hung up my blogging shoes for the evening.

Does this sound like rather tepid support for Tom DeLay, or is it just me?

Q Have you been tracking these ethics allegations against Tom DeLay? Do you think he has some explaining to do, or as Congressman Shays says, should he step aside?

MR. McCLELLAN: I think you’ve heard from the President, what he has said on the matter, that Majority Leader DeLay is someone the President considers a friend, and he is someone that he has worked closely with to get things done in Washington. And the President looks forward to continuing working closely with the Majority Leader to get things done on behalf of the American people. And that’s what we will continue to do. We support the work that he is doing on behalf of the American people.

What, no allusions to “purely political” charges from a “partisan Democrat” prosecutor? No gnashing of teeth over the “liberal media” attacks, or explanations that evey member of congress accepts trips from lobbyists and foreign agents?

Is faint praise the new kiss of death?