...it appears Murtha is a politician of the old school, doling out favors and putting the squeeze on reluctant members of his own party with the power of the purse. I don't mind that Murtha is a conservative Democrat for the most part, but how can we successfully argue that Republicans have corrupted Congress and that we will deliver real reform when our own prominent members behave this way? Pelosi has promised as Speaker she would work to reduce earmarks (she says she believes they should be eliminated entirely, which I agree with), but how could she do so with a Majority Leader who opposes any reform?
Those objections are even more relevant than they were when Adam wrote them at the beginning of October. Quite simply, Murtha is the wrong choice.