Carol Platt Liebau: An Early Defeat

Thursday, November 16, 2006

An Early Defeat

Denying Republicans an early Christmas present, House Democrats have elected Steny Hoyer over Jack Murtha as their Majority Leader in the House.

The only person (besides Murtha) more disappointed than the average Republican would have to be Nancy Pelosi. She made this an early test of her clout inside the House and actively campaigned for Murtha; now, she has a fairly formidable adversary serving as her #2, which should make for some pretty interesting leadership meetings.

It's interesting that Pelosi chose to fight this battle so early in her tenure. All it's succeeded in doing is dividing Democrats, forcing an ugly fight, creating enemies for her within her own caucus, and making her look like a loser before she's even formally assumed the role of Speaker.

She gambled; she lost. So, unfortunately, did Republicans; it would have been hard to find someone who exemplifies the Democratic message of cut 'n run, coupled with questionable ethics, better than Jack Murtha did.


Blogger Greg said...

I just can't seem to BUY a victory this election season! I can buy Murtha, but I can't buy a break.

I was really hoping Murtha would be elected as Majority Leader in the House. That would have simply been marvelous!

Red State has some interesting information on the sleazy tactics used by Pelosi and Murtha in this election and thoughts on what this means for Pelosi in the future.

11:33 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Am I the only one, or is it telling that Pelosi credits her unusual push for Murtha to her desire to "end the war in Iraq".

Are there any Democrats who want to WIN the war in Iraq?

12:09 PM  

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