One of the arguments we repeatedly made during the late stages of the 2006 midterm election was that with Dems poised to take over the House, the region would be better served by a freshman Darcy Burner in the majority than a two-term Dave Reichert in the minority. Well that thesis was just neatly illustrated by Congress.org’s annual Congressional Power Rankings, which show The Sheriff dropping from a ranking of 166 in 2006 to a pathetic 419 in 2007.
That’s right, there are only handful of representatives with less power than Reichert, which if you look at his Power Point Breakdown, is mostly due to the fact that he scores giant goose-eggs for both Influence and Legislation. By comparison, his fellow WA Republican Cathy McMorris, who also arrived in Congress in the class of 2004, manages to maintain a more respectable ranking of 231.
In cynically concluding their unmitigated, lying load of bullshit endorsement of Reichert, the Seattle Times wrote:
“His goal should be to expand his influence and be a stronger voice for change.”
Hey Frank… how’s that working out for you?
its worse than that;
qualified rep (reichert) has low power
dimbulb patty has lots of power
proud leftist spews:
Look at those eyes of DumbDave’s–there ain’t nothing behind them. Patty Murray runs circles around DumbDave when it comes to having a clue. It is a sad commentary on American democracy that someone like Dave Reichert sits in the hallowed halls of Congress. By the way, it’s “yikes,” not “yipes.”
Ah, yes…the “Patty’s-a-dumb-broad” mantra. Our state’s Republicans have been chanting that for a loooong time. Seems particularly funny, what with Preznit Knuckledragger twiddling his thumbs in the Oval Office.
The Seattle Times’ endorsement of Reichert makes me throw-up in my mouth every time I read it.
My Left Foot spews:
Will at 4:
Simple solution that I find works wonders……I don’t read the Times anymore. No point.
Won’t you join me in being a Seattle Times non-reader?
I find The Nation more to my liking.
Rubber Stamp Reichert will be EASY to pick off next time around and we’ll have a VETO – PROOF majority. Can you imagine the screams and moans of the inbred right wingers then?
Roger Rabbit spews:
GOP Haters Attack Muslims, Democrats
“By JIM ABRAMS
“WASHINGTON (March 12) – House Republicans said Monday that Democrats should retract an offer to let the nation’s largest Islamic civil liberties organization use a Capitol conference room for a seminar. The House Republican Conference referred to the Council on American-Islamic Relations as ‘terrorist apologists’ and called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to cancel the forum scheduled for Tuesday. ‘Democrats arrange official meeting with pro-Hamas, pro-Hezbollah group in U.S. Capitol,’ headlined a Conference press release carrying a Washington Times article on the planned meeting.
“‘It’s really disappointing,’ said CAIR national communications director Ibrahim Hooper, that whenever there’s an attack from elective officials ‘we don’t even ask any more which party it is. It should be a concern to ordinary Republicans that the party is being viewed as a reservoir of anti-Muslim hate.’ CAIR has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada and says its mission is ‘to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.’
“Tuesday’s seminar takes up global attitudes on Islam-West relations. It’s common practice for lawmakers to authorize use of rooms in the Capitol for advocacy group meetings. The CAIR meeting was arranged by Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J. …. Pascrell said in a statement, ‘The Capitol Building is open to all Americans and should be available to encourage dialogue on the most relevant domestic and international issues of the day. My services are available to individuals and organizations that will advance productive debate regarding our nation’s policies.’
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Roger Rabbit Commentary: How can Democrats possibly do business with an opposition party that behaves like this? We can’t. The GOP is no longer a political party, but a hate group, and we have to deal with them by defeating them, marginalizing them, exposing their lies, condemning their hate messages, and shaming them for their bad behavior.
The problem is, America needs two competitive political parties. One-party government is unhealthy and leads to corruption, abuses of power, and poor governance. But America now has only one respectable, viable, constructive political party. Where will we get another one?
Reichert-McDermitt, two silver haired useless reps. One stands for nothing and doe3s nothing, that other stands for a lot buut no one cares.
On important issues:
Reichert is thinner and brighter eyed than McDermitt
Riechert’s depiction of slef heroism as a Sheriff is sexier than McD pretending to be Woodward and Bernstein.
We deserve better than BOTH these silver haired old folks. Goldy should run for Rep!
Roger Rabbit spews:
@7 Personally, I think Pelosi should tell the GOPers to go fuck themselves.
Roger Rabbit spews:
Man what a difference Democratic control of Congress makes, eh? We don’t have to cater to these hatemongers anymore. We can tell them to fuck off, and make it stick!
How come senator Dimbulb never goes on live radio, say where someone might ask her a tough question?
Charlie Smith spews:
righton @1 and 11, just keep thinking that our senior senator is a dim bulb. You’ve thought that through three senate races and you’ve won… hmmm. Exactly none. Somebody is pretty dim, but it isn’t Senator Patty.
And last I heard, SeattleJew, chairmen of ways & means subcommittees are a lot more influential that two-term minority-party pretty boys.
Charlie Smith spews:
Roger Rabbit @9: “I think Pelosi should tell the GOPers to go fuck themselves.”
They seem to be having a lot of fun fucking each other these days. At least they can’t do it to the country any more.
Just wondering, righton, who had it right on Veteran’s care, Senator Murray or the current administration?
The remaining Republicans who aren’t tightly controlled by the goofus-birds are simply stuck, no matter how capable they are.
Or IF they are.
My god, how useless are the people ranked below him?
What’s funny is that McDermott’s score is only higher because of his long tenure and the fact that his party’s in power now. In other words, neither has influence or legislation to their name.
This graph makes no sense. Barbara Lee has a higher score than McDonothing, yet she is ranked lower.
Had Enough Yet? spews:
Wow. He just barely beat William Jefferson.
Heckuva job, Sheriff!