First, the article is terrible. Murtha says, "it's not clear it will get done before January" and that turns into the headline, "Murtha predicts no healthcare overhaul this year." That's NOT what he said.
Here's a thought. Fix the damn public schools. Put money INTO them to get them working right. Don't take money out of them to line the pockets of people rich enough to send their kids to private school.
She was "wrong" in many of the ways she ran her campaign, and that's much of what Matthews criticized her for. This diary is silly PUMA crap, and the fact it's on the rec list here just shows what a sad state MyDD is in these days.
As long as we see some movement in the right direction by 2010 I don't think it's clear that the tide will be against us, and I'm not certain that Republican obstructionism isn't going to backfire on them either.
As for Hodes, someone has to beat Gregg. If not Hodes, who? I actually like this better. We've got Gregg who has obviously been part of the problem, as opposed to a fresh Republican face. Now we just need a Democrat that can beat him. Someone with the name recognition and relative goodwill of Jeanne Shaheen. Who else is in the bullpen. Hodes may be our only bet.
I think you're going out of your way in both your title and content to imply that there is some connection between Gregg and the Abramoff scandal. None has been shown. This is a former (several years ago I think) staffer.
I'm no fan of Gregg. I'm not happy with his appointment, but I'm also not happy with people trying to hit his muddy staffer and hoping some mud spatters on Gregg. I think there's plenty to attack the guy on honestly without resorting to this tactic.
Didn't say it was a lock. Just that it's better than even. He's going to have a serious run at his seat and he's seen what's happened to Sununu. It's the only reason he's considering the cabinet post in the first place.