Somewhere in Okinawa

If you listen closely, you’ll hear it, “oh bugger!!”
House Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) endorsed Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) yesterday as the next House majority leader, thereby stepping into a contentious intraparty fight between Murtha and her current deputy, Maryland's Steny H. Hoyer.
Okinawa here we come, redeploying, withdrawing, running, cutting, exiting, walking away, call it what you will.

The dust hasn’t even settled, the republicans are still cleaning their wounds and looking for the white flags after the lynching they received. Pelosi promised to return Integrity to the American people, but from Hotair
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) questioned soon-to-be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) commitment to eradicating corruption with her endorsement of one of the most unethical members in Congress, Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), to be Majority Leader of the House of Representatives.

Rep. Murtha was listed in CREW’s report Beyond DeLay: The 20 Most Corrupt Members of Congress (and five to watch). As reported in the study and by the news media, Rep. Murtha has been involved in a number of pay-to play schemes involving former staffers and his brother, Robert “Kit” Murtha.

Not only is Rep. Murtha beset by ethics issues, The New York Times reported on October 2, 2006 that he has consistently opposed ethics and earmark reform. Sloan continued, “Rep. Murtha’s opposition to ethics reform does not bode well for future Speaker Pelosi’s promise to enact ethics legislation in the first 100 hours of the new Congress.”
Are these the San Francisco values I’ve heard so much about, is the piper collecting his first pound of flesh? Folks, maybe I’m being presumptuous here, but I have this gut-feeling that I’ll be putting together an 'I told you II' post sometime in 2008.

Feel free to send me to my corner for a short while to 'reflect' in 2008 if I’m wrong.

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