Monday, February 8, 2010

Farewell, Mr. Murtha

As you may very well know by now, Representative John Murtha (D-PA) died this afternoon after 36 years of service in the US House of Representatives. He was a controversial figure in American politics, praised by some for his vocal opposition to the Iraq War (he initially voted for it) and criticized by others as one of the most corrupt politicians (even nicknamed the "King of Pork") on the national level. Funny anecdote: during the 2008 election, he once called his constituents "rednecks." Our dear Notre Dame College Democrats alumnus Tom Matzzie had the following to say about John Murtha:
Most important John Murtha showed Democrats in Congress how to be strong. We need more Murthas on other issues like health care, the economy and climate change. Democrats need to be a party that projects strength not through the belligerence of our policies but through the strength of our advocacy.
Murtha was flawed like all of us and he was surely a conservative Democrat (somebody once jokingly reminded me that Murtha probably would've kept us in Vietnam). But I think progressives could learn a lot from John Murtha... if only how to fight for what we care about. I will miss him.
Full Matzzie article can be found here.


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