It was a lonely day for once-mighty Murtha, who has long served as Democrats’ conscience on military matters because of his moral authority on the subject. But Democrats were cutting and running yesterday — not from Iraq, but from Murtha.
“I don’t support immediate withdrawal,” came the statement from Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
Aides to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hinted that she would back Murtha, but when she finally spoke, it came out as “Mr. Murtha speaks for himself.”
Murtha being to the left of his Democratic caucus on military affairs is like Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) being to the right of the caucus on gay rights. But Murtha seemed unconcerned. Asked if he had any co-sponsors, he replied, “I didn’t ask for any.”
Let’s hope that every single Democrat in Congress learned an important lesson about leadership from Jack Murtha’s example. We can only hope that they also learned a lesson about being a tool of the RWNM.