A column in the Congressional Quarterly:
“If I’m corrupt, it’s because I take care of my district.”
So said Rep. John P. Murtha , D-Pa., in a weekend interview with a home-state newspaper. What he was trying to convey was that the only thing his critics can complain about is his success in directing federal dollars to his district — if “taking care of” his district is a bad thing, well, then, he’s all for bad things.
It’s a classic example of setting up a straw man.