So this is not a new posture assumed by John Murtha. It turns out he was an unindicted co-conspirator in the ABSCAM sting scandals that rocked the House and Senate in 1980 (Carter years, remember?), but he escaped prosecution by ratting out some of his buddies.
Loyalty. Another big character trait of John Murtha.
Maybe this is what Nancy Pelosi saw in the man.
That, and he is about two eye-blinks away from being a drooling idiot.
Ain't no "maybe" about it...