Wednesday, June 14, 2006

On pulling an about face...

Sensing the heat, it looks as if Murtha has, at least for now, withdrawn his bid to become House Majority leader:

Murtha puts majority leader bid on hold

WASHINGTON, June 14 (UPI) -- Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., has for now called off his bid to become majority leader if the Democratic Party wins the House in the November elections.

Murtha's decision was made public after a meeting Wednesday morning with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who said it was in the best interest of the party trying to topple an already weakened Republican Party, The Hill reported.

Murtha made a surprise announcement Friday that he would enter the race -- a direct challenge to the party's current No. 2 in the House, Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md.

Probable context of meeting:
Pelosi: You know, they're on to you...

Murtha: Huh?

Pelosi: They're catching on to the reasons for your behavior. You better play it cool for now...
Murtha's ambitions are far from being put on hold, though
Murtha's challenge isn't over though, since Wednesday's announcement only indicated he wouldn't campaign for the seat before the election.
Judging by Murtha's going for broke, winner take all behavior as of late, one can be sure of that.