Reichert v. Murray? And the winner is…

Joel Connelly says musclebound congressman Dave Reichert hasn’t ruled out a run against incumbent U.S. Senator Patty Murray:

Rumors in Washington, D.C., this week have Reichert being encouraged to run against Murray. “They didn’t come from me,” he joked, saying he has not been nudged by the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

But Reichert would not rule out a Senate race.

Well, I don’t know if the NRSC has been nudging Reichert to challenge Murray, but I wouldn’t be surprised if King County Councilman Reagan Dunn were to give him a shove, if only indirectly. Long the heir apparent to his late mother’s old seat, Dunn would likely be the big winner of a Reichert v. Murray contest. Reichert… not so much.


  1. 1

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    You have underestimated Dave Reichert before, haven’t you?
    And Regan Dunn is a natural for the 8th.

  2. 2

    Wunderlick spews:


    Yeah, we underestimated just how totally useless and ineffective Reichert would be in Congress. In fact, Darcy Burner is doing MORE to being health care for the uninsured, than Reichert is as a sitting Congressman. So yeah, we SEVERELY underestimated him.

  3. 3

    YellowPup spews:

    Murray-Reichert debates would certainly be cathartic (perhaps more so than a possible Murray-Hutchison match up), as would seeing the sheriff’s ass get kicked in the larger world outside the 8th CD.

  4. 4

    ArtFart spews:

    After her loss for county exec, and the subsequent revelation that her “skilled management” had nearly run the Seattle Symphony into oblivion, I doubt we’re going to be seeing or hearing much from Ms. Hutchison for a while.

    Well, maybe she’ll continue her gushing introductions of “great American heroes” like Rockin’ Rudy and Jeb Bush at Washington Policy Center’s occasional rubber-chicken celebrations.

  5. 5

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    A congressman who barely eked out a win over a novice challenger in a district that has never gone Democratic taking on Murray? It’s a suicide mission.

  6. 6

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    APEI, which I bought for $34.89 on Dec. 31, is flying upward, posting a $1.42 gain today to close at $39.67. That’s a 13.7% in 28 days, which annualizes to 178.5%. Sure beats collecting bank interest of 0.5% a year! Beats looking for work in an economy with U6 unemployment above 16%, too! I don’t have to look for work because I’m living off the land.

  7. 9

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @3 The “shuriff” might do well with the gun-totin’, teabag-wavin’, anti-government types who put their faith in Ameritrade.*

    * Or maybe they plan to retire by selling their baseball card collections on eBay.

  8. 10

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    I don’t buy stocks after they’ve gone up 5 bucks in 4 weeks. I sell stocks to suckers who buy stocks that have gone up 5 bucks in 4 weeks.

  9. 12

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Top News

    Ben Bernanke has been confirmed.
    Author J.D. Salinger has died.
    India plans to launch astronauts into space by 2016.

  10. 13

    Michael spews:


    You have underestimated Dave Reichert before, haven’t you?

    Not really. Has Riechert done anything to prove he’s anything but a useless turd? Has Reichert been anything other than a drain on Republican Party resources? I don’t think we’ve been wrong on this. Yes, he won against Burner, but races aren’t cake walks and we always knew that our gal might lose.

    It’s a oversimplification to the point of dishonesty to say that we’ve “underestimated Dave Reichert.” Our positions on and statements about Reichert have always been multifaceted of which Burner has been only a small part.

    And if I’m guessing right you’re thinking something along the lines of “Burner a small part, you guys have been obsessed with her.” To which I’d answer:
    only some folks have been obsessed with her, not all of us, and that our positions and statements about Burner are a separate thing from those of Reichert’s.

  11. 15

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Kid Stuff

    The Associated Press reports:

    “Four men charged with trying to tamper with a senator’s phones … hoped to record embarrassing hidden camera footage to document allegations her staff was ignoring calls critical of her stance on health care reform, an attorney for one of the four said Thursday.

    “Attorney J. Garrison Jordan denied the four men were trying to disable or wiretap the phones in Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office at a federal building in New Orleans. ‘You’re dealing with kids,’ he said. …

    “Jordan said his client, Robert Flanagan, the 24-year-old son of a federal prosecutor in Louisiana, did not intend to break the law when he entered the office posing as a telephone worker Monday.”

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: Huh — a guy posing as a telephone worker to bug an office “did not intend to break the law”? Lawyers are some of the most creative fiction writers around!

  12. 18

    Steve spews:

    ‘You’re dealing with kids,’ he said. …

    Robert Flanagan, the 24-year-old son of a federal prosecutor in Louisiana

    Yes, he’s just a child. When he’s serving time, I’m sure his fellow prisoners will view him as such.

  13. 19

    hairspray dave spews:

    The Sheriff has a secret plan for ending Patty’s war on WA. Reichert will hire O’Keefe to bribe Obama to campaign for Marray. Senator Reichert takes it in a landslide.

  14. 20

    ArtFart spews:

    @15 Similar to whatever legal eagle advised the three teenage punks who beat the shit out of a Metro driver in in front of a whole bus full of witnesses to plead “not guilty”.

  15. 23

    sarah68 spews:

    20: If you plead guilty at arraignment, you don’t get a trial. At a trial, even if there are witnesses, the jury (or the judge) may find you innocent, because people (usually the jury) can be stupid.

  16. 24

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    5. Roger Rabbit spews:

    A congressman who barely eked out a win over a novice challenger in a district that has never gone Democratic taking on Murray? It’s a suicide mission.

    That’s what they told Scott Brown Rog..
    Make that SENATOR Scott Brown (R-Mass)

  17. 25

    Max Rockatansky spews:

    @2…Darcy isnt doing shit for healthcare…she has glommed onto a major political topic in order to keep her name in the political game – she is worthless – and like most politicians, a liar

    nothing more….

  18. 26

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Patty Murray just voted for this!

    Updated January 28, 2010
    Senate Lifts Federal Debt Ceiling By $1.9 Trillion


    The Democratic-controlled Senate has muscled through a plan to allow the government to go a whopping $1.9 trillion deeper in debt. Senate Democrats needed all the 60 votes at their disposal Thursday to muscle through legislation allowing the government to go $1.9 trillion deeper in debt.

    Democratic leaders were able to prevail on the politically volatile 60-39 vote only because Republican Sen.-elect Scott Brown of Massachusetts has yet to be seated. Republicans had insisted on a 60-vote, super-majority threshhold to pass the measure. An earlier test vote succeeded on a 60-40 vote.
    The measure would would put the government on track for a national debt of $14.3 trillion — about $45,000 for every American — and it served as a vivid reminder of the United States’ dire fiscal straits.

    The Democrats get to take credit for raising the debt ceiling by $1.9 TRILLION!
    America will be given the voting records.
    No rhetoric is needed.
    They didn’t seat Scott Brown so they could ram this thru.
    Republicans would have filibustered and stopped this madness.

  19. 27

    Max Rockatansky spews:

    @26….in other words, the Chinese just made another loan.

    Nice to see our govt selling out the Chinese…AGAIN.

  20. 30

    john spews:


    Yesterday Murray AND Cantwell both voted against the Senate proposal for a fiscal commission for controlling spending. THAT vote received no mention on HA.

  21. 31

    SJ spews:

    Reichert vs Murray?

    Obviously a graceful way to move Reagan Dunn into the eighth.

    That latter, however is anything but a given. If the spirit of Howard Dean lives, the Dems would be dumbass NOT to go all out in the eighth.

    What does all out mean? It does not mean a sister of Darcy campaign. It means it is already too late to build a CV for the candidate. The Dems gotta get off of their hand job and put some oomph behind a real candidate who can beat Reagan, Reichert or any other R.

  22. 33

    Chris Stefan spews:

    You might want to ask former Rep. Rod Chandler, former Rep. Linda Smith, and former Rep. George Nethercutt how easy Sen. Patty Murray is to defeat.

  23. 35

    Empty Suit Obama spews:

    28. ivan spews:

    I’ll eat a little shit for that one.

    …just a little? I thought you were pro-union? Go big or go home.

  24. 36

    czechsaaz spews:

    @ 26

    Every once in a while, you get a look into the minds of people who have no idea how politics and the economy work but feel free to pontificate ignorantly.

    Fine, let’s filibuster and NOT raise the debt ceiling. Probably within the next 60 days the government runs out of money. All the bailiffs, clerks, judges in the Federal court system. No paychecks, courts are shut down. Postal workers? Federal employees. No mail for the foreseeable future. TSA and Air Traffic Control? Well that’s federal, lets close the airports. (Imagine if goods shipped by air can’t move. There’s an economy crusher.)

    It’s truly laughable that you think the Mike Brown included Republican party would have stood up and said “No! We’d rather let the government shut down and go home to our constituents and explain why they can’t visit a single National Park this year. Oh, you had planned to see the National Archives this summer? Sorry, you’re shit out of luck. Oh yeah, there’s also no inspectors on the job at the FDA. Enjoy that burger. Hope the mosquitoes don’t have any rare diseases this summer. There’s no CDC.” I may disagree with everything the Republican party believes, but with a few individual exceptions, elected Republicans aren’t morons.

    (Hmm… 2002, republican controlled congress raises the debt ceiling. May 2003, Republican controlled Congress raises debt ceiling. November 2004, Republican controlled congress raises debt ceiling. March 2006, Republican controlled Congress raises debt ceiling. In fact it’s been raised some 70 times in history while various parties have controlled Congress.)

    Take your child-like analysis back to Mommy. You’ve stumbled WAAAY too far into the deep end, Cyn.

  25. 37

    proud leftist spews:

    Yikes, you’re trying to reason with Cynical. Don’t go there, man. He doesn’t do reason. You also bring up history, history which might make his current positions look hypocritical. Cynical doesn’t do history. Cynical does goats and chickens, not reason and history.

  26. 38

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @17 “Reagan Dunn? Would beat Patty Murray? I’m about done with you, Goldy.”

    That’s not what Goldy said.

  27. 39

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @27 “Nice to see our govt selling out the Chinese…AGAIN.”

    That was patented by your boy Bush.

  28. 41

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @26 Why should Republicans be the only ones to lift the debt ceiling? As Obama pointed out, we need more bipartisanship in Washington.

  29. 44

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Kinda difficult to type comments and screw a cute female rabbit at the same time. I can do it, but the distraction can be challenging.

  30. 45

    seabos84 spews:

    patty pathetic votes for bernake … the day after the Big Zee-R-0 breaks out song #456 from his greatest hits album, H0pey McChange.

    is patty pathetic really dumb enough to believe this fascist defined middle, where a scum like bernake deserves anything other than jail? or, is she just that politically fucking incompetent?

    by the way, all the HA political geniuses – you don’t think the righties will find someone to lie their ass off to get elected, do ya? (hint, remember raygun or cheney-bush?)

    so patty pathetic is NOT a complete fascist, just a sell out or an incompetent … yawn … wow, that will inspire us dolts and droolers!


  31. 46

    karen spews:

    @44 Kinda difficult to type comments and screw a cute female rabbit at the same time.

    Being a dope doesn’t make it any easier. And let’s clarify – no woman would let you near her. When you say female rabbit, you mean it, pervert. Ugh!

  32. 47

    ArtFart spews:

    @45 The thought has crossed my mind that Murray (and others) might be concerned about whoever would be waiting in the wings to replace Bernanke. If there’s nowhere to jump but the fire, the frying pan might be more comfortable.

    I can’t imagine any possible way that someone would ever be allowed near the helm of the US economy who’d challenge those who skim…er, profit the most from it.

  33. 48

    Obama's Teleprompter spews:

    Reichert beat Burner in a district that went 15% for TOTUS and his drivel. Reichert will attract every single R and independent in the 8th, all R’s and independents in WA and even both the R’s and all three I’s in Seattle. If Massachusetts sees the reditributionist cliff TOTUS is driving us toward, then certainly WA voters, especially the THINKING ones, will see it too.

  34. 49

    john spews:


    Murray (and Cantwell) voted for the debt limit increase, and the day before that voted AGAINST the plan for a fiscal debt commission. She marched lock-step into the health care morass like other Dems. These are not winning positions with the center.

    Anyone who argues she can’t be beat is oblivious to the mood of the country. If the economy and employment picture don’t improve, she could be vulnerable. After Mass. – where Brown was given virtually no chance of winning – those who say otherwise are out to lunch.

  35. 50

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Murray has arrogantly voted in lockstep with Reid and Pelosi.
    She has opened the door..but is surrounded by folks who will tell her how great she is.
    Kiss of defeat!

  36. 51

    czechsaaz spews:

    @48 And the next day, Murray voted for renewed paygo rules, an effective means for holding the deficit as opposed to a study group to spend lots money to find non-binding ways to spend less money. Which party voted in lockstep to reject such a common-sense deficit reduction measure?


    Still trying to figure out how to filibuster the debt ceiling?

  37. 52

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Nope…your guys jammed it thru.
    People have a right to criticize that decision, don’t they??
    Or is criticism banned in Obam-Mao-Land??
    Anyway, the Democrat Party OWNS this $1.9 TRILLION increase in the Debt Ceiling.
    You should be proud of crushing our kids future…aren’t you?

  38. 53

    czechsaaz spews:

    Yes, you have the right to criticize the decision. But in this case, that criticism proves how simplistic your mind is. No debt ceiling raise, no government services. No government services, no economy. No economy, no USA as a global leader. Would that make you proud?

    If raising the debt ceiling is so wrong, why was it done four times during Bush Jr. and 70 times in history. Got an answer genius?

    The water wings are over there little boy.

  39. 54

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    33. Chris Stefan spews:

    You might want to ask former Rep. Rod Chandler, former Rep. Linda Smith, and former Rep. George Nethercutt how easy Sen. Patty Murray is to defeat.

    I never said it was easy.
    It’s just that there is a very real anti-deficit spending movement out there.
    Go ahead and take Murray’s seat for granted.
    The Dems did that with Ted Kennedy’s seat in even more Liberal Massa2Shits.
    Look at NJ and Va. Governor seats.
    When things are going bad, incumbents are vulnerable.
    Keep hammering the Tea Partiers!
    And watch the R’s embrace them.

  40. 55

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    34. Goldy spews:

    ivan @28,

    On seeded rye, with cole slaw and russian dressing.

    And of course with a big fat Kosher Dill Pickle!

  41. 56

    Puddybud Remembers ylb arschloch is an arschloch spews:

    Herr Goebbels Himmler Dumb Bunny “Retired Lawyer” said sumtin correct

    Lawyers are some of the most creative fiction writers around!

    You prove it every day in every way with the Pellets you leave in every thread on HA Libtardos.

    Thanks for the continual comedy!