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February 08, 2010

John Murtha, RIP

Just saw it in the comments. Dead at 77.

I am not going to pretend I care much about this guy. Which isn't the same as dancing on his grave. I'm just not going to overcompensate and pretend I'm praying for him or whatnot.

The only reason I'm mentioning this guy is because he occupied a seat I'd like to have.

And that seat is now open.

Murtha's death couldn't come at a worse time for Congressional Democrats.

Or, for that matter, for John Murtha, but I think that's obvious.

To Win the Seat... A Republican will probably have to express a greater interest in earmarks than we'd generally be comfortable with -- Murtha's little fiefdom basically ran on tax money siphoned off from the rest of the country.

This is one of those cases where we might have to bend to local politics on one issue to have a Representative who's with us on most other matters.

But, you know, that will be one guy arguing for earmarks for Allentown, and without Murtha's seniority and heft. (Correction: It's Johnstown, not Allentown.)

William T. Russell, You're Our Only Hope: Will he run again?

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