Buffalo News kicks the gullibles while they're up:
WASHINGTON - Democratic House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi has endorsed Rep. John P. Murtha's bid for House majority leader, setting off a furor on Capitol Hill, with critics charging Monday that she is undercutting her pledge to clean up corruption by backing a veteran lawmaker who they say has repeatedly skirted ethical boundaries...Maybe the saddest thing about this is the disappointment of those liberals who really, really, in their heart of hearts, honestly, truly believed that the Democrats were in any way interested in changing the culture of corruption in Washington. Hold on a second while I flick away a tear.
Some Democratic lawmakers and watchdog groups say they are baffled that Pelosi would go out of her way to back Murtha's candidacy after pledging to make the new 110th Congress the most ethical and corruption-free in history.
A longtime senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, Murtha has battled accusations over the years that he has traded federal spending for campaign contributions, has abused his post as ranking party member on the Appropriations defense subcommittee and has stood in the way of ethics investigations. Those charges come on top of Murtha's involvement 26 years ago in the FBI's Abscam bribery sting...
Hey, Murtha was never convicted of anything in Abscam. He was never even indicted. He never even accepted a bribe. When offered a $50,000 bribe, Congressman Murtha answered, and I quote, "I'm not interested...at this point."
Maybe he needed to go out and buy a freezer first.
Oh, this is going to be a fun dozen years...