Thursday, September 28, 2006

Murtha gambles and....

Jack Murtha's big gamble--to go radical left on the Iraq war and in so doing attempt to court the Michael Moore/Howard Dean wing of the democrat party into making him the House Majority leader in the greatest democrat victory that never was--is flying like a lead balloon:
‘Concern’ in Murtha camp

Liberal House Democrats are not lining up behind Rep. Jack Murtha’s (D-Pa.) leadership candidacy in the numbers he had hoped despite his outspoken stance against the Iraq war.

Murtha’s failure to line up staunch opponents of the war could prove a blow to his hope of denying the majority leadership to Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) in the event of a Democratic takeover of the House in the 110th Congress.

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), a friend of Murtha who has been helping him with the race, said tepid support among some progressives was a worry to him. “It does concern you when people you think are going to be with you turn out not to be. Some of that’s cultural issues, guns and abortion,” he said. “But we still have the votes.”

Liberal Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.), Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), John Lewis (D-Ga.), Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), Diane Watson (D-Calif.) and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) are all backing Hoyer even though many admire Murtha’s stance on the war. All but Lewis opposed Hoyer in a 2001 leadership race against House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). even tried brokering a sweetheart deal for the House Minority leader's nephew.

Oh well, Jack. Maybe next time.

Wait a minute--there probably won't be a next time, will there?

Sucks to be you, Jack.