Murtha to constituents: Oh, hey, sorry for calling you racist; Update: Murtha cancels debate?

posted at 1:40 pm on October 16, 2008 by Allahpundit

An instant classic in the genre of perfunctory apologies, in which a guy who pronounced the western half of his state racist before not one but two newspaper editorial boards professes a profound change of heart 12 hours later. In his defense, the universe of things said about or done to The One that instantly qualify as “racist” is forever expanding. Hard to knock him for assuming that voting against him might qualify too.

He issued the following statement today: “I apologize for making the comment that ‘Western Pennsylvania is a racist area.’

“While we cannot deny that race is a factor in this election, I believe we’ve been able to look beyond race these past few months, and that voters today are concerned with the policy differences of our two candidates and their vision for the future of our great country.

“Senator Obama has shown sound judgment and has presented us with a change from the failed policies of George Bush and John McCain. I believe he will win both Pennsylvania and the White House.”

Still no apology about the Haditha Marines, of course. I take it from the quick turnaround that even America’s most election-proof congressman was a little nervous about the political fallout, which makes me wonder if Bill Russell’s in better shape than we thought. I went looking for polls but couldn’t find any, including on Russell’s website, which means either none have been done or they’re too grim to post. Anyone seen any data?

Update: PA Watercooler hears from Russell’s campaign manager that Murtha’s cutting and running from tonight’s debate.

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They say there is no such thing as an ex-marine.

Murtha’s the exception

AZfederalist on October 17, 2008 at 12:09 AM

This is one former Marine who does not think Jack Murtha is an honorable man. He still refuses to recant his false accusations against the Haditha Marines. He is the most disgusting excuse for a human being I can think of. He deserves to lose his bid for re-election. Now he calls the people who vote for him racist. To add insult to injury he refuses to debate his opponent. Will the people of Pennsylvania stand for this? I hope they do the right thing and throw him out of office.

kanda on October 17, 2008 at 8:42 AM

Murtha (PA): Bulbous, lying, dishonorable turd.
Granholm (MI): Festering, corrupt, incompetent skank.
Blaggo…(IL): Dirty, criminal(=Chicago) smegma.
They will all be reelected in their turn because Democrat voters are idiots. Why sugarcoat it? Ann Coulter was right: if they had any brains at all they’d be Republicans.
BTW, if I misspelled any of the names above…who cares. They should all burn in hell.

SKYFOX on October 17, 2008 at 9:06 AM

They should all burn in hell.

Except Ann, of course.

SKYFOX on October 17, 2008 at 9:50 AM

If anyone is wondering how Murtha keeps getting elected, look at how his district is mapped:

His district wraps around most of the heavy Republican areas and includes all of the mines and depressed areas (Democrat strongholds)

tflst5 on October 17, 2008 at 9:59 AM