Nancy Pelosi – Yes; Jack Murtha – No

So what happened?  Why?  I admit that I don’t understand the true inside politics of the Democratic party.  Who is well liked and why?  Who has been supportive of Democratic policies and who hasn’t?

David Corn, Washington editor of The Nation, thinks that he might have the answer:

The vote count is in: Steny Hoyer defeated Jack Murtha 149 to 86 for the majority leader post in the House.

There’s no way to spin this: this was a big loss for incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The vote wasn’t close. Her ally was rejected. This reflects poorly on her. And it will be remembered by her political opponents–particularly those who want to undermine Pelosi’s efforts to enact lobbying and campaign reform–that in this contest she endorsed a fellow who has long been accused of slippery ethics.

Moreover, Murtha, the candidate with the most ardent antiwar credentials, lost–and did so decisively. How will this be interpreted (or exploited) by pundits and politicos who oppose the Pelosi/Murtha call for the withdrawal of troops? Murtha champions did try to turn the majority leader race into a debate on the Iraq war. Can the vote be read as an indicator that many House Democrats don’t support Pelosi all the way on her opposition to the war? more

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David Corn is one of the brightest reporters that I have read.  I like his summary.  Only time will tell if he was correct.

Ed Bradley dies

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Long time CBS anchor Ed Bradley died today of leukemia.  I thought he was a good guy.  I met him once in New Orleans at Jazz-fest.  It was one of those quick superfical meetings.  He was the first.  He was the first Black man who could be brought into your living room on a regular basis.  I’ll miss him.

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From CNN.com:

Ed Bradley, the longtime “60 Minutes” correspondent who reported on subjects ranging from jazz musicians to the Columbine school shootings, has died. He was 65.

Bradley died Thursday at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital of leukemia, according to staff members at the CBS program.

Bradley joined “60 Minutes” during the 1981-82 season after two years as White House correspondent for CBS News and three years at “CBS Reports.” His reporting over the years won him a Peabody Award, 19 Emmys and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, among many others.

CNN’s John Roberts, who worked with Bradley at CBS, said the newsman was “always a person you could sit down with and he could keep you intrigued for hours at a time with the stories he could tell.” more