Blog Focus: Remembering John Murtha
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77-year-old John "Jack" Murtha, who had been a U.S. representative from Pennsylvania since the '70s, passed away Monday morning after complications from gall bladder surgery. He was a Vietnam War veteran and most notably in the 2000s became one of the first congressmen to speak out against the Iraq War.
Blogger eulogies, please:
• Huffington Post — Tom Matzzie has nothing but laudatory words for him. "Murtha was flawed like all of us and he was surely a conservative Democrat. But I think progressives could learn a lot from John Murtha....if only how to fight for what we care about."
• FDL News Desk — David Dayen, who has family ties to Murtha's district, says he served the region well. "He single-handedly kept these people alive, in many respects, after the area’s economy just went to pot like many Rust Belt regions."
• Political Animal | Washington Montly — Steve Benen's impression of him goes directly to his opposition to the war: "I immediately turn to the moment in 2005 when Murtha decided he'd made a mistake in supporting the war in Iraq and began calling for an end to the conflict."
• Crooks and Liars — And, of course, there is the cold reality that his representative seat is now up for grabs. Briefly, from David Neiwert: "The right wingers have had Murtha in their sights for a long time. So you can count on the 'opinion' crew to be licking its chops over the prospects of a Republican taking Murtha's seat this fall."
• Murtha Must Go!! — Just how does a blog dedicated to one man's removal from office respond when it happens like this? Leo Pusateri closes his three-and-a-half-year run: "While we indeed do extend heartfelt condolences to the family of John Murtha, at the same time, we extend our condolences to the taxpayers whose money, in our opinion, John Murtha usurped and squandered in his efforts to seal his stranglehold on power, to build publicly-funded monuments to himself, and to line his own campaign war chest."