But while tracking down some stuff re: "the draft" (yet again a rising topic among assorted variations of Leftoids), I noticed this (from House GOP Brings Up Draft in Order to Knock It Down, a WaPo article from Oct. 6, 2004)
Voting for the measure were Reps. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), who long has argued the United States needs more troops in Iraq, and Fortney "Pete" Stark (D-Calif.), a 32-year House veteran.
The vote was about HR 163, which was the source of...
Rumors of reinstating the military draft, which have flourished for months in panicky e-mails, online chat rooms, college dorms and student newspapers, suddenly dominated the House floor yesterday in one of the strangest parliamentary maneuvers in memory. With even its sponsor voting against it, a bill to require young adults to perform military or civil service failed, 402 to 2.
I can personally attest to the "panicky rumors that fourished", they were widespread among the college crowd and, especially, parents of the college crowd.
Even Charles Rangel (D-NY), the primary sponsor of HR 163, voted against it. Murtha seems a very odd duck.