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Monday, November 13, 2006

It appears that the first public pissing contest within the Democratic Party since the 2006 election is going to be for House Majority Leader. Murtha, of course, is an outspoken detractor of the Iraq War and no friend of the Bush Administration. Hoyer is known as a more moderate Democrat, and claims to have more support from his peers, particularly the “Blue Dog” Democrats.

What makes this interesting to me is that Nancy Pelosi claims that her regime is going to be the cleanest, most ethical of our time, yet she inexplicably forgets that Murtha carries baggage of his own. Remember Abscam? Well, most people probably don’t, and I’m guessing Pelosi is banking on the electorate’s notorious short term memory. However, if you’re purporting to be the antithesis of institutional government corruption, why would you start off the new Congress by appointing a tainted official?


RedState.com points to the WaPo where we learn that Jane Harman is being passed over as chair of the Intelligence Committee, likely likely selecting impeached former federal judge Alcee Hastings.

Let’s recap. Two qualified candidates without previous blemish are passed over for a scandal-involved individual, and an impeached former member of the federal judiciary by a House leader who swore her tenure would see the most scandal-free, cleanest legislature in modern history.

Madam Speaker, you’re not off to a good start.


.: posted by Dave 4:39 PM

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