Roger L. Simon

Nancy Pelosi's Odd Behavior

It’s hard to understand why Nancy Pelosi is going to the mattress for John Murtha this early in her career as Speaker (elect). Besides being a divisive figure with “dangerous liaisons,” Murtha doesn’t seem like the brightest bulb on the block. Of course, I don’t know the man and he may secretly be a great scholar of the Punic Wars or some such, but I don’t think he’s going to be giving competition to Victor Davis Hanson as a Classicist any time soon. (Speaking of which, why aren’t people like Hanson in our Congress rather than the Hastert/Murtha variety who seem ripped straight from the pages of Sinclair Lewis?)

Perhaps I’m missing somethning, but Nancita picking a fight so quickly does not appear smart to me. It may be intended as a show of strength, but comes off as weakness. What the public is clammoring for is clearly bi-artisanship and she gives us… Murtha? Well, that smells defeat in ’08. Republicans should be happy. As a Freeranger, I just sit back and watch the show.