So I hear, from a Congressman counting votes for Murtha.
Why is it tied? Because Pelosi is playing real hardball:
The second continues from 11/12, when Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi injected herself in the race. While her inital letter backing Murtha was initially seen as simple loyalty, but now, she's making phone calls and button-holing members for their support. Baltimore Sun's Hay Brown reports the speaker-in-waiting is playing hardball: She summoned Rep.-elect Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to her office to ask why Gillibrand was supporting current Dem whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and, completely coincidentally, asked for Gillibrand's committee preferences.
Sounds like she is taking this like a real test of her leadership. If she loses (er, if Murtha loses), it will be a serious embarrassment. Maybe that's the pitch - don't make Pelosi look impotent this early in her speakership.
Of course, if Murtha wins, it will be a major embarrassment for the Democratic caucus, as well.
It's stunning that they've arrived at a no-win situation so fast!
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