Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) told a group of Democratic moderates on Tuesday that an ethics and lobbying reform bill being pushed by party leaders was “total crap,” but said that he would work to enact the legislation because Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) supports it.

Meanwhile, another critique: “My objection to Murtha as a leader is based on an opinion I formed watching him on ‘Meet the Press’ back in June. I just don’t think he’s mentally with it at all. He was embarrassingly inarticulate and confused.”

Seems pithy in this case.