I was no fan of Murtha, but he was a reliable vote for Nancy Pellosi when it came down to it. He represented a slightly conservative Pennsylvania district that went for McCain in 2008. The odds are slim that his replacement — who will be chosen via a special election, will support health care reform.
And no, that’s not shallow: millions of people’s lives depend upon health care reform passing.
Pelosi has shown an amazing ability to get votes when she needs them. She will have to be even more wizard-like now.