DON SURBER HAS MORE THOUGHTS ON THE MURTHA STORY mentioned below. “It is called tribute. Barbary pirates demanded it 200 years ago and Tommy Jefferson said no, launching the nation’s first pre-emptive war. Congressmen have refined the act. None dare tell them no.”

He also emails:

I too thought the Washington Post might have delayed the Murtha story for the smallest crowd of the year, but then I remembered that explanation that city editors used to give me on occasion:

“We held your story so we could put it on Page One”

You have to have something worthy of Page One every freaking day. Sometimes you hold a better story than what you have out there simply because it can hold

I give the Post the benefit of the doubt because it actually is going after Nancy’s right-hand man.

Good point.