DeLay was elected House Majority Leader after the 2002 midterm elections, and compelled House Republicans to unite to an unprecedented degree, especially in support of President George W. Bush's agenda. Tom DeLay - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia To all of you Republicans that have distance yourselves from GW Bush, please try to remember the 6 long years you all went along with him on 100% of the time. If you didn't, who were we arguing with all these years? And tell us, who were the good republicans from 2000-2006? So you say McCain only voted with Bush 90% of the time? Does that make him a maverick? No, and here's why: Employing a method known as "catch and release," DeLay allowed centrist or moderately conservative Republicans to take turns voting against controversial bills. If a representative said that a bill was unpopular in his district, then DeLay would ask him to vote for it only if his vote were necessary for passage; if his vote were not needed, then the representative would be able to vote against the party without reprisal. So Republicans, please don't try to distance yourselves from Bush. If you leave George Bush, you must leave the entire party. Otherwise, start naming the Republicans from 2000-2006 that did a good job.