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Monday, November 13, 2006

Pelosi endorses Murtha

Speaker of the House-to-be Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) endorsed Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) in the election for House majority leader yesterday, citing Murtha's calls for a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq as a major factor in her decision. Murtha is running against current House minority whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD).

"I salute your courageous leadership that changed the national debate and helped make Iraq the central issue of this historic election," Pelosi wrote in her letter of endorsement. Pelosi's backing signaled that she sees Iraq as the key issue of the next Congress.

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12 Comments:

Blogger Frederick said...

Good choice.

title="comment permalink">November 13, 2006 10:37 AM  
Blogger LP Mike Sylvester said...

This is an awful decision and is deeply discouraging to me...

Hayer is a fairly centrist Democrat and is exactly the kind of Democrat that will enable The Dems to reach out to mainstream America...

Lets hope the Democratic Congress is smarter then Nancy Pelosi on this one...

Mike Sylvester

title="comment permalink">November 13, 2006 4:35 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

Mike - You are sadly mistaken! Murtha is a large part of the reason behind our wins last week, and his voice is needed next year!

title="comment permalink">November 13, 2006 5:53 PM  
Blogger LP Mike Sylvester said...

John:

You are misinterpreting the election results and this frightens me...

You are doing exactly what pat White predicted Dems would do...

The Dems DID NOT WIN the election; The Reps lost it.

The swing voters who went Dem (Like me) voted for the Dems as being the "lesser of two evils."

The Dems won because:

1. Reps ran on values and morals and turned out to be as corrupt as the Dems were 12 years ago.

2. Reps ran on smaller government and fewer regulations and then increased both to unheard of levels.

3. Reps lost their base on Immigration, Big Government, and large deficits.

The Dems need to remember that are rule from the center.

Murtha is NOT the center...

Mike Sylvester

title="comment permalink">November 13, 2006 8:45 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

The Democrats won primarily due to Bush's mess in Iraq and America's distaste for it. Murtha championed the call to fix that mess and get us the hell out. Perhaps you didn't pay any attention to exit polls. . .

title="comment permalink">November 13, 2006 8:48 PM  
Blogger LP Mike Sylvester said...

John:

I paid attention; you did not.

The number one issue was corruption. Period.

Did you know Soros has a group that lists the most corrupt members of Congress? Almost all are Republicans... Murtha is one of the few Dems...

What do you think of that?

http://www.citizensforethics.org/activities/murtha.html

Mike

title="comment permalink">November 13, 2006 8:59 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

I think that we have different tastes in reading material. . .

title="comment permalink">November 13, 2006 9:23 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

Mike - The election to a large extent became a national referendum on Mr. Bush and the war in Iraq, according to exit polls on Tuesday.

Sixty percent of voters leaving the polls said they opposed the war in Iraq, and 40 percent said their vote was a vote against Mr. Bush. In addition, a significant number of voters said corruption was a crucial issue in their decision, in a year in which Republicans have struggled with scandal in their ranks. Independent voters, a closely watched group in a polarized country, broke heavily for Democrats over Republicans, the exit polls showed. (From the NY Times 11/08/06)

title="comment permalink">November 13, 2006 10:19 PM  
Blogger LP Mike Sylvester said...

John:

I think we can agree to disagree... The Dems won for several reasons...

How about that?

I still think Murtha is a terrible choice...

His ties to corruption are irrefutable and appalling; especially in regards to directing earmarks to his family...

Mike Sylvester

title="comment permalink">November 13, 2006 11:25 PM  
Blogger Robert Rouse said...

Mike, who are you disagreeing with, John or the SIXTY PERCENT who said they voted Dems because they were opposed to the war in Iraq?

title="comment permalink">November 14, 2006 10:46 AM  
Blogger LP Mike Sylvester said...

Robert:

I am disagreeing with John...

I can read exit polls as well as anyone.

The Reps did not lose for just one reason; they lost for several.

I voted for several Dems; however, I am not in favor of pulling out of Iraq in four months. I am just one example...

Do not worry friends, if the corrupt Murtha wins this election then The Dems may well be in trouble in 2008!

Hoyer is a much better choice...

The Reps lost because:
1. Republican corruption.
2. Dems ran conservative candidates. Note many of The Dem candidates ran on a platform of STAYING in Iraq, including Tom Hayhurst.
3. Republicans are no longer the
Party of small government.
4. War in Iraq is unpopular.
5. The six year elections are always UGLY for the ruling Party.

Lots of reasons...

You should not make the mistake of thinking Iraq is the one and only reason...

It is NOT.

Mike Sylvester

title="comment permalink">November 14, 2006 4:05 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

Mike - Now you are just misrepresenting what I DID say! I did NOT claim that Dems won last week because of ONE reason; I merely pointed out that the BIGGEST reason given in nearly all exit polls was "dis-satisfaction with the war in Iraq".

And, as far as staying or going: We need to get the hell out of there ASAP, but we DO have a responsibility to at least things in whatever sense of oder we can before we go. You know, things like getting the power on and water running. Nothing wrong with setting timetables and having a phased troop removal.

title="comment permalink">November 14, 2006 6:39 PM  

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