First, we have the “Murtha as Majority Leader” situation. This is a guy with a suspect ethical past and he’s being ushered in as the guy who’ll be 2nd in command of a new, more ethical Democratic Party.
And just to give you some added perspective on this guy, it’s being reported that he’s not too keen on the new ethics legislation Pelosi wants to pass…
Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) told a group of Democratic moderates on Tuesday that an ethics and lobbying reform bill being pushed by party leaders was ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œtotal crap,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? but said that he would work to enact the legislation because Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) supports it.
So yeah, that’s nice.
Then, we’re now presented with the always trustworthy James “Raging Cajun” Carville speaking out about Howard Dean’s supposed incompetence as the head of the DNC.
As most of you are well aware, Carville was one of Bill Clinton’s key campaign aides, a former host of CNN’s long-cancelled Cross*hack*Fire and is still one of the spinniest spinmeisters in all the land. So let that season what you’re about to read.
Here’s more about Carville’s beef with Dean…
Carville, during coffee and rolls with political reporters today, said Democrats could have picked up as many as 50 House seats, instead of the nearly 30 they have so far.
The reason they didnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t, he said, is the Democratic National Committee did not spend some $6 million it could have put into so-called ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œthird tierÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? House races against vulnerable Republicans. […]
He added, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI think he should be held accountable.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? He added, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI would describe his leadership as Rumsfeldian in its competence.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚?
Well, maybe he’s right that Dean should have let more money go, but Dean’s leadership is “Rumsfeldian in its comptence?” Frankly, I wish Rumsfeld had the type of competence Dean does.
Oh well…and so it goes and so it is…spin, spin, spin…