Nancy Pelosi supported John (lost to Steny Hoyer) in the race for No. 2 spot in the House. It shows the Ms. Pelosi stands up for what she believes in no matter what the outcome of any polls might be. It also shows that she values loyalty. Considering the margin of Hoyer’s victory, its hard to imagine that Ms. Pelosi might not have had a sense for it prior to the actual vote. Yet she stood up for John Murtha. In general, this is a good sign as opposed to the conventional “she started with a defeat” take on the issue.