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  • inquiring3investor inquiring3investor Nov 16, 2006 4:54 PM Flag

    John Murtha

    John Murtha did not come close to getting the job of majority leader, even tho he was backed by Nancy Pelosi.

    Possibly Murtha failed because he was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Abscam bribery scandal.

    Nancy Pelosi backed Murtha for the position. When he failed, she blinked on TV. Its the first time that she has blinked in ten years.

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    • Make no mistake about it, this is a major embarrassment for Nancy Pelosi.

      Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) was elected House majority leader this morning, defeating Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi's candidate, Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.).

      Hoyer won the No. 2 leadership job easily -- 149 to 86. But the showdown divided the Democrat House caucus only a week after its party won a majority of seats in the Congress that begins meeting in January, and prompted numerous complaints that Pelosi and her allies used strong-arm tactics and threats to try to elect Murtha to the job.

      As Nancy about to lead her fellow House Democrats over the next two years, the results of this election is less of a reflection on Murtha as it was a vote of no confidence in Pelosi. This election between Hoyer and Murtha is likely to be a bellwether of how House Democrats will respond to her "leadership," and could be the cause of much tension between Pelosi and Hoyer.

      Had Murtha won, the obvious analysis would have been that Pelosi's influence had won over House Democrats and would be a sign of her eventual effectiveness as House Speaker. Hoyer may have been the heir apparent, but just as President Bush's endorsement of Mel Martinez as RNC Chairman virtually ensures his victory, Pelosi's endorsement of Murtha should have seen him victorious... or atleast narrowly losing.

      All things considered,Pelosi has seen better days. This will cast a shadow over her tenure as House Speaker. In more ways than one.

    • If I was Nancy I would keep a low profile cause everytime
      she shows that ugly mug or opens her mouth she loses voters.

    • Pelosi is in way over her head. She's not just representing the "Sunny Cal" crowd now. She'll be politics' version of CBS anchor Katie Couric.