The Corner


Some Republicans are quietly rooting for John Murtha, Nancy Pelosi’s choice in the race for House Majority Leader, over rival Steny Hoyer.  The reason?  They regard Murtha as a target-rich environment, and a brief passage in today’s Washington Post hints at why:

Hoyer also has the strong support of many of the party’s conservative “Blue Dog” Democrats, who worry about Murtha’s involvement in the Abscam bribery sting in 1980 and what they see as his freewheeling style on the House Appropriations Committee, where he has openly advocated for the interests of his district and his political supporters.