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AlinPA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 03:44 PM
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I still don't understand why Murtha was not chosen as speaker. I believe
we would be better off now and the Democratic leaders in the house would not be running around scared of Bush**.
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Cessna Invesco Palin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 03:46 PM
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1. You mean John "the surge is working" Murtha?
The fact that he's a dirty machine politician didn't win him any support, either. We're stuck with what we've got. I doubt a change at the top would make one bit of difference.
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AlinPA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 03:47 PM
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2. Yes, we are stuck.
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BadgerLaw2010 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 03:48 PM
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3. Open Air Pork Market. n/t
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AX10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 03:48 PM
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4. Because Murtha has Duke Cunningham style corruption activities.
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terisan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 04:14 PM
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14. Murtha was taped during FBI Abscam sting decades ago. They did not charge him
because he did not take the money but seemed to leave the door open for future dealings. He gave the appearance of impropriety.

Cunningham, of course got arrested, convicted, and tossed in prison.

I think the Steny Hoyer branch of the Democratic Party sunk Murtha, firstly because he considered to be owed it for party work and maybe secondly because he became a vocal opponent of the war.

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kenfrequed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 03:50 PM
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5. I have two answers
Steny Hower and Immmanuel Rahm. If Pelosi wasn't acceptable to these two then she never would have gotten the damned job.
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Cessna Invesco Palin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 03:54 PM
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8. You could at least learn to spell one of their names correctly.
Or get the forename and surname in the correct order... you know... before you go casting aspersions.
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kenfrequed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 04:18 PM
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16. Well I apologize
Done.

And these aren't aspersions. These are more like accusations I think. These two Dino's have caused more than their share of misery and discontent and have sucked the energy out of the room after the great blue wave washed democrats into office.

Personally I think both of them can take their triangulating butts back to the DLC and rot. I hope for some heavy duty primary challenges somewhere down the road for these tools.
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terisan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 03:51 PM
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6. Surely you recall that Pelosi wanted Murtha as Majority leader and many DUers opposed
Edited on Fri Dec-14-07 03:54 PM by terisan
him as too corrupt and many Dem reps, for different reasons, insisted upon Steny Hoyer instead. They said he was entitled to it apparently for services he had performed for them.

Murtha was only aggressive in getting goodies for his constituents, and in turning against the war.
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AlinPA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 03:54 PM
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7. Disclosure: I am one of his constituents.
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terisan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 04:03 PM
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12. I remember Pelosi was considered to have lost face when she couldn't get her
party to approve Murtha as Majority Leader.

I've been wondering if Hoyer as Majority Leader has been one of the biggest roadblocks to change.

What do you think ?
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AlinPA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 04:15 PM
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15. Looks like you have explained it to me. OK. I still think he would have fought harder.
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terisan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 04:28 PM
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18. I agree. He would be firing people up. She is trying to put a party program together with
nuts and bolts.
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Franc_Lee Donating Member (287 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 03:58 PM
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9. DUers opposed Cindy Sheehan over no-impeachment Pelosi
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onenote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 04:23 PM
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17. Cindy isn't running as a Democrat so take your crap elsewhere.
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Virginia Dare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 03:59 PM
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10. He's had some ethics problems in the past.....n/t
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Bitwit1234 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 04:03 PM
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11. The House voted for Pelosi and not Murtha that's why.
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terisan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 04:07 PM
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13. My recollection is that Murtha had announced his interest to become Maj Leader not speaker.
Pelosi was considered practically a shoo-in for Speaker because she had been Minority Leader until Dems got majority.
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