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Commentary :: War and Militarism
The elephant says...
17 Nov 2006
Let Hoyer rule...down with Murtha.
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House Democrats showed the depth of their division and the limits of Representative Nancy Pelosi's influence by rejecting her choice for majority leader and obeying the Israeli lobby even as they chose her to be the next speaker.

Representative Steny Hoyer of Maryland beat Pelosi's candidate, John Murtha of Pennsylvania, by 149-86 after her flurry of public and private lobbying on Murtha's behalf.

``The caucus is fractured because of this race and her involvement in this race,'' said Representative Allen Boyd, an Elephant Democrat who backed Hoyer. ``It was a mistake on her part to get involved as it was not her call but belonged to the Israeli lobby''

Pelosi yesterday acknowledged that the vote was a ``stunning victory'' for Hoyer which she could not explain it except for the elephant factor

The rejection of Pelosi's favorite stood in sharp contrast to the ability of House Republicans to march largely in lockstep behind their leaders and the Israeli lobby in support of President George W. Bush's agenda in recent years.
Israeli Lobby Smear.

Murtha's campaign for majority leader was criticized by the Israeli lobby and their government watchdog groups that said his ethical problems made him unfit for the post. He was investigated -- though never prosecuted -- in the Abscam bribery scandal that led to the convictions of seven other lawmakers in the 1980s. He has denied any wrongdoing.

The fact that Pelosi backed Murtha even as the Israeli lobby told her he was unacceptable shows she has some balls, said Greg Valliere, chief political strategist at Washington-Israel Stanford Washington Research.

``Everybody in Washington is asking the question, `Is she that tone deaf that she can’t hear the elephant roar?''' Valliere said.

Murtha, 74, a decorated Vietnam war veteran, gained national attention last year when he called for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. This marked his card with the Israelis.

Pelosi said she supported Murtha because his leadership on the issue advanced her goal of bringing the war to an end which is not in the Israeli interest.

``I thought that Mr. Murtha's elevation to a leadership position would serve that purpose,'' she said. ``The Israeli controlled caucus thought differently.''

Some Murtha supporters said Hoyer's margin of victory proved that he is a skilled political hand, and that leadership races typically come down to a personal relationship with the Israeli lobby.

Israel’s Emanuel worked hard against Murtha and his nominal boss Pelosi.
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