Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The Murtha Kerfuffle: The DNC bloodletting continues...

Trying to hold onto the reins of a majority that was elected in part based on the promise of an ethically pure administration, Nancy Pelosi is dead set on ruling with an iron fist in order to get Jack Murtha, a congressman pegged as one of the 25 most corrupt legislators, the number two seat in the House of Representatives. According to the Hill, such actions by an upcoming Speaker are unprecedented, and are already starting to tear apart the upcoming democrat majority, even before their oaths of office have been taken:

“She will ensure that they [the Murtha camp] wins. This is hardball politics … We are entering an era where when the Speaker instructs you what to do, you do it,” he (Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) said. “Yes, she’s making calls to people. She is contacting people and letting them know that it’s an unequivocal letter.”

Hoyer’s camp was aware of the calls, said one lawmaker supporting the Democratic whip.

“She’s making calls, so don’t be shocked,” the lawmaker said.

Another House Democrat supporting Hoyer was incensed that Pelosi was exerting her influence in the caucus, asserting that it will further divide House Democrats.

“It’s an incredible display of hubris,” the member said, using a phrase Pelosi herself sometimes employs. “It’s incredibly egotistical. We all got us here. We all got us to the promised land and Steny’s not going to the promised land?”

The member said regardless of who ultimately wins the Thursday election, the effect of Pelosi actively getting involved in the race would reverberate for some time.

“Either way, it’s damaging,” the member said. “She will have a tremendous road to hoe to repair the damage she’s done.”

I will have to admit. It is fun seeing democrats eat their own. It will also be quite instructive as to the hypocrisy of Pelosi and the democrat majority should the blatantly corrupt Murtha actually end up as Majority Leader.