WASHINGTON -- Pennsylvania's Rep. John Murtha acknowledged yesterday that the public is deeply dissatisfied with Congress' inability to bring an end to the Iraq War, yet he predicted that Democrats would pick up as many as 40 to 50 House seats in next year's election.
"You're going to see a big Democratic win," Mr. Murtha, D-Johnstown, told reporters after a speech at the National Press Club.
Mr. Murtha, chairman of the powerful House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and one of the most prominent congressional anti-war critics, was at the press club to give a stinging critique of Gen. David Petraeus' report last week on the troop "surge" and President Bush's decision to gradually reduce the size of the American force in Iraq to 130,000 troops by next summer.
If this were to happen they would probably gain some Senate seats too. If they could gain a super majority in both the House and Senate, and win the Presidency, the United States would be changed beyond recognition. I don't think this is going to happen. I have more faith in the people of this country than that. If it does happen I guess we deserve what we get.