by Carl, 11/08/2012, 7:04 PM

In the 2010 election in the 8th district, Dave Reichert was, let’s say, afraid to debate Suzan DelBene. And there was speculation from DelBene’s supporters that it might be because his brain had a booboo, and he was done with thinking. While it wasn’t as acrimonious as the campaigns against Burner, it still had it’s moments.

And now they get to work together! Possibly as soon as Tuesday.

Look, I have no problem when campaigns get down and dirty. I think a lot more ought to be on the table than there usually is. But after the election, one side goes on to their elected position and the other doesn’t. But at least for 2 years — and given where their careers are now, probably a good deal longer — Reichert and DelBene will have to work together in Congress.

And maybe it’ll be fine. I mean I can’t remember any bad blood between Inslee and Hastings spilling into their work in the delegation, even though their 1994 campaign was pretty hard fought. But I’d like to be a fly on the wall next time they have a private conversation.

11 Responses to “Awkward”

1. Richard Pope spews:

I think they will work together just fine. Reichert and DelBene are probably a LOT closer together ideologically than any other Democrat to Republican comparison in our state delegation. Reichert is one of the five most moderate GOP members of Congress by voting record, and DelBene has run, at least, on a pretty centrist platform.

2. Roger Rabbit spews:

“Reichert is one of the five most moderate subservient GOP members of Congress …”


3. Richard Pope spews:

More subservient than Michelle Bachman and Paul Ryan?

4. proud leftist spews:

Reichert is thoroughly incapable of thinking for himself. He votes the way he’s told.

5. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:


6. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

Bachmann and Ryan have their own agendas, constituencies, organizations. Bat-shit crazy as they are, they’re not slackers, and are riding tides of support, albeit from fools and knaves.

Dave Reichert is a nice head of hair.

He’s a useful idiot, a buffoon, a tool that does what he’s told, and he appears perfectly content in that role.

7. Roger Rabbit spews:

@3 Oh, absolutely. In fact, I don’t see how you can dispute it, Richard. Bachmann and Ryan do their own thinking. Bachmann is crazy, but it’s her crazy. And Ryan invented his own brand of radicalism.

Reichert has never possessed a thought. He’s a tool, a useful idiot, a lackey who votes the way his party leaders tell him to. Sometimes they tell him to vote for his district instead of the party line to preserve his electability (but only when his vote isn’t needed); when he does, it’s because his party leaders told him to. Flagpole, flag, salute. He’s the saluter. Every time.

8. MikeBoyScout spews:

Well, we do need to work together for the common good.

That said, my better half and I were talking Thursday about what to do next, and it came to us that working with the folks in the 8th to take out Reichert in 2014 is a worthy political goal. So, we will.

9. rhp6033 spews:

# 8: That’s a pretty ambitious goal. Reichart was vulnerable after his first two years, less so after four years, and now he’s been in office long enough to be able to drum up enough monetary support to keep him there for a while. And, of course, there was the re-districting which was to his advangage.

But hey, I think we ought to make EVERY Rupublican have to scramble to keep their seat in the next election. We need to rid our country of these guys by taking every state, every congressional district, every precinct, so that eventually none can even claim the role of chief dog catcher on their political resume.

10. MikeBoyScout spews:


I think we can raise the money, but that’s a secondary issue. The first order of business is finding a candidate.

And apropos to this post, Suzan and our Democratic delegation can and will help by putting forward bills to support his district and WA state asking for his co-sponsorship that he’ll cower in fear from. That will help.

11. rhp6033 spews:

# 10: That will help, but what he really needs ia a substantial Tea Party challenge which makes him show his stripes in the primary.