THE SMEAR MACHINE CRANKS UP AGAIN….I guess John Murtha’s call for withdrawal from Iraq really has Republicans scared ? and we know what that means. Today, congressional Republicans cranked up their all-too-familiar smear machine by suggesting that Murtha has violated House ethics rules. This is based on an LA Times article from last June which revealed that last year’s defense spending bill included $20 million that went to companies represented by KSA Consulting, a firm that employs Murtha’s brother.

You can read the story for yourself, but all I have to say is this: if the best that KSA could do for its clients was $20 million out of a $417 billion appropriations bill, Murtha must not like his brother very much. That’s a rounding error.