As Time reports:
DeLay is acting as if this is a battle he can still win, declaring his intention to step aside only temporarily in order to exonerate himself. But the timing could hardly be worse for him. A very public rift between DeLay and fiscal hawks led by Indiana Rep. Mike Pence over how to finance Katrina reconstruction had left DeLay's erstwhile conservative base on the Hill angry and rebellious. . . House Speaker Dennis Hastert found out just how deep that unease ran when he attempted to name a temporary replacement, chairman of the Rules Committee and leadership player David Dreier. Party conservatives rebelled over Dreier's moderate positions on gay marriage, stem cells and other issues, forcing Hastert to roll out a compromise power sharing arrangement between Dreier and the GOP whip, Roy Blunt of Missouri.
Moderate positions? Dreier regularly voted against gay rights and has a has a 92 percent favorability rating from the Christian Coalition! Nope... the reason they axed him is that his Republican collegues think that he's gay and that the Christian conservatives, sexually-insecure hetero poseurs, and assorted bigots that make up a major portion of their political base would recoil in horror once the truth came out. Obviously, a gay House Majority Leader is going to bring down God's wrath, assuming he doesn't try to hit on us first.
(This cowardly behavior by the majority party for the House, btw, is called sexual discrimination, and is generally considered illegal in most any other workplace.)
What a shame that Dreier, who has worked so tirelessly to betray and dodge his own sexual orientation for the sake of his political career, has now hit the invisible glass ceiling. Some things are just not acceptable to the Republican powers that be, and one of them is apparently a closeted gay House Majority Leader.