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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Downies: Corrupt as Usual

The Downies won control of Congress by yelling the words "corruption" and having the morons in the MSM mouth their every utterance. (The Republicans can be faulted, for having the crooks like Duke Cunningham and Tom DeLay in control of things.)

Now that the Downies are running the show, and Jack Murthafucker is trying to become Majority Leader, some in the media are having second thoughts. Why, you ask? Because Murthafucker is a crook - he was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the ABSCAM scandal in 1980, and he has spent his years in Congress lining his and his brother's pockets with pushing for aid to groups in his district who then donated to his campaigns, making him a rich man.

And Nancy Pelosi (D-Nutjob) wrote a letter this week...urging her fellow Downies to vote for Murthafucker as Majority Leader.

It appears that Nancy Pelosi is upset about Republican corruption, but Downie corruption is just fine for her.

Pelosi backs Murtha for majority leader

Speaker-in-waiting Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) threw her support behind Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) for majority leader Sunday, giving a significant boost to Murtha in his race against Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).

"Your strong voice for national security, the war on terror and Iraq provides genuine leadership for our party, and I count on you to continue to lead on these vital issues," Pelosi wrote Murtha Sunday in a letter obtained by The Hill. "For this and for all you have done for Democrats in the past and especially this last year, I am pleased to support your candidacy for majority leader for the 110th Congress."

As the House Democrats’ unchallenged leader, Pelosi has considerable sway over her colleagues. She and Murtha have long been close allies, but until now, she had not interfered in the majority leader race.

Her endorsement has the potential to turn the race,especially if she chooses to campaign on Murtha’s behalf. Pelosi’s decision to back Murtha is the most significant move she has made since Democrats scored a historic victory on Election Day.

What is the reaction to this move? The liberal watchdog group CREW - Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington - which named Murthafucker as one of the 20 most unethical members of Congress, threw the sink at Pelosi for endorsing Murthafucker.

CREW Blasts Pelosi Endorsement of Unethical Murtha for Majority Leader

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.

Sounds bad, right? Well, The Washington Post, which did its utmost to make sure Downies were elected and Republicans defeated is also not keen on Murthafucker being 1 step below the Speaker of the House.

A Choice for Democrats: Steny Hoyer should be the new House majority leader

LOYALTY IS an admirable quality, but sometimes it can be taken too far. That is the case with the decision by the incoming House speaker, Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), to offer a public endorsement of the bid of Pennsylvania Rep. John P. Murtha (D) to become majority leader. Ms. Pelosi's preference for Mr. Murtha was no secret; he managed her campaign for minority leader against Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), now Mr. Murtha's rival for the majority leader post. What was surprising was that Ms. Pelosi would weigh in publicly on Mr. Murtha's behalf, albeit -- as she pointedly noted at the beginning of her letter -- in response to his request.

On the merits, Mr. Hoyer is by far the better choice for the job. He is a moderate and highly capable legislator whose selection would reinforce Ms. Pelosi's announced commitment to govern from the center.

Mr. Murtha's candidacy is troubling for several reasons, beginning with his position on the war in Iraq. A former Marine, Mr. Murtha deserves credit for sounding an alarm about the deteriorating situation a year ago. But his descriptions of the stakes there have been consistently unrealistic, and his solutions irresponsible. Just last week he denied that the United States was fighting terrorism in Iraq, though al-Qaeda is known to play a major part in the insurgency. He said the United States should abandon even the effort to train the Iraqi army and should "redeploy as soon as practicable," an extreme step that most congressional Democrats oppose. He claimed that "stability in the Middle East, stability in Iraq," would come from such an abrupt withdrawal; in fact, virtually all Iraqi and Middle Eastern leaders have said that it would lead to a greatly escalated conflict that could spread through the region.

Mr. Murtha would also be the wrong choice as majority leader after an election in which a large number of voters expressed unhappiness with Washington business as usual. Mr. Murtha has been a force against stronger ethics and lobbying rules. He was one of just four Democrats whose votes helped kill a strong Democratic package of lobbying reforms this spring.

As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, he has been an avid participant in the orgy of earmarking, including numerous projects sought by a lobbying firm that employed his brother. During the Abscam congressional bribery investigation in 1980, Mr. Murtha was videotaped discussing a bribe with an undercover FBI agent. ("You know, we do business for a while, maybe I'll be interested, maybe I won't, you know," Mr. Murtha said.) He wasn't indicted, but it's fair to say the episode raised questions about his integrity.

Mr. Hoyer says he has the support of a majority of members of the Democratic caucus. We hope they aren't persuaded otherwise by Ms. Pelosi's letter.

And liberal columnist Ruth Marcus also sounded the alarm:

Unfit for Majority Leader

The videotape is grainy, dark and devastating. The congressman and the FBI undercover agents -- the congressman thinks they represent an Arab sheik willing to pay $50,000 to get immigration papers -- are talking business in the living room of a secretly wired Washington townhouse.

Two other congressmen in on the deal "do expect to be taken care of," the lawmaker says. But for the time being -- and he says repeatedly that he might change his mind and take money down the road -- he'd rather trade his help for investment in his district, maybe a hefty deposit in the bank of a political supporter who's done him favors.

"I'm not interested -- at this point," he says of the dangled bribe. "You know, we do business for a while, maybe I'll be interested, maybe I won't, you know." Indeed, he acknowledges, even though he needs to be careful -- "I expect to be in the [expletive] leadership of the House," he notes -- the money's awfully tempting. "It's hard for me to say, just the hell with it."

This is John Murtha, incoming House speaker Nancy Pelosi's choice to be her majority leader, snared but not charged in the Abscam probe in 1980. "The Democrats intend to lead the most honest, most open and most ethical Congress in history," Pelosi pledged on election night. Five days later she wrote Murtha a letter endorsing his bid to become her No. 2.

Not the most promising start.

For years Murtha has relied on the Abscam bottom line to argue that the case is not a problem for him: He wasn't indicted. But he was named a co-conspirator in the bribery scheme. The feckless House ethics committee didn't take action against him, though the outside investigator it hired quit in disgust after the panel rejected his recommendation to file misconduct charges.

"I am the guy that didn't take the money," Murtha said this summer when his opponent raised the issue.

Yes, but: He's the guy who, brought into the deal by two other House members -- Frank Thompson (D-N.J.) and John Murphy (D-N.Y.) -- agreed to meet with men offering money in return for official action. He's the guy who knew these two colleagues expected a payoff and even vouched for them with the would-be bribers ("Both of them are solid.")

Read the whole thing - how this guy continues to be interviewed on tv and yet is never questioned about anything he was involved in is amazing. Then again, he appears on liberal talk shows, where he knows softball questions are the rule for Downies.

So, one week after Downies won control of Congress claiming to clean up corruption, Nancy Pelosi is set to name bribe-taker and impeached judge Alcee Hastings as the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and she wants Jack Murthafucker, an unindicted co-conspirator in the ABSCAM case, as Majority Leader.

How long before the media takes off on Nancy Pelosi's corruption in her own life? Who knows - but if the past is any measure, the liberal media will continue to cover for their fellow crooked liberals who they worked for 12 years to get control of Congress. They will not mess with that now, no matter how bad the stench of liberal corruption.

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