November 30, 2007

EVEN MURTHA WANTS OUT OF THE REALITY-BASED COMMUNITY:

Murtha's comments on 'surge' are a problem for House Democrats (John Bresnahan, 11/29/07, Politico: The Crypt)

Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), one of the leading anti-war voices in the House Democratic Caucus, is back from a trip to Iraq and he now says the "surge is working." This could be a huge problem for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democratic leaders, who are blocking approval of the full $200 billion being sought by President Bush for combat operations in Iraq in 2008. Murtha's comments are a stark reversal from what he said earlier in the year.

Murtha has previously stated that the surge "is not working" and the United States faced a military disaster in Iraq.

Murtha told CNN on July 12, following a Bush speech, that the president's views on the success of the Iraq were "delusional." [...]

[P]elosi, who is scheduled to speak to a Democratic National Committee event in Virginia on Friday, will surely face tough questions from reporters regarding Murtha's statement on the surge.

"This could be a real headache for us," said one top House Democratic aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity. "Pelosi is going to be furious."


And we've all seen what Ms Pelosi can achieve when she's worked up...[chirp]...

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 30, 2007 12:03 AM
Comments

The question is when most Democrats will shift to taking credit for criticizing and forcing Bush into the surge, or whether they're too far gone and have to leave that up to McCain and his "I've been right all along" ads.

Posted by: John Thacker at November 30, 2007 10:46 AM

Will the antiwar Left now turn on Murtha, accusing him of selling out to the BushCo/Haliburton/Mossad/neoKKKon conspiracy?

Posted by: Mike Morley at November 30, 2007 1:52 PM

Ms Pelosi can always go visit her pal Assad or even Mahmoud to show Bush the right way to save Iraq.

Posted by: ic at November 30, 2007 4:23 PM

Murtha is facing a potentially tough race against a decorated Iraq vet in 2008. He knows that his popularity with the nutroots won't get him re-elected. And if the GOP takes back the House, he'll turn on Pelosi (and Steny Hoyer) in a nanosecond.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 30, 2007 7:52 PM
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