The cowardice of the Republican Congressmen who are hiding behind the secrecy of the House GOP Conference to keep their constituents from knowing how they voted on the DeLay Two-Step is hardly unprecedented. Indeed, it was described in detail more than nineteen centuries ago:
… men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
That’s from the Gospel According to John, Third Chapter, Verses 19 through 21.
(Footnote: The Gospel According to John is part of the Bible, in case Mr. DeLay and his friends haven’t read it recently.)