March 10, 2009
Footnote on Reichert's Moderation

A final thought on the discussion of Dave Reichert below on the main page: why do the netroots and some other arms of the left keep earnestly insisting that Dave Reichert is some sort of partisan-minded fool?

Jim Miller pointed out in comment #3 at the aforementioned post that independent rankings like those of the National Journal keep scoring Reichert in the middle. You can view the 2008 rankings here. In the interactive graphics one can see that only 16 House Republicans ranked as less conservative than Reichert - who scores right next to former Republican Congressman Ray LaHood, currently Obama's Secretary of Transportation.

Meanwhile, in the 2008 election, Reichert won the endorsement of the WEA & NEA while convincing the Sierra Club not to endorse the Democratic candidate. This despite the fact the Eastside suburbs have been a repeatedly fertile battleground for environmentalists inflicting electoral pain on Republicans in recent election cycles.

Finally, the coup de grace to the "No, Dave Reichert really is an evil, down-the-line Republican" meme is this:

The P-I endorsed him in 2008

As soon as someone can produce for me the long list of conservatives endorsed by the P-I in the last decade, I'll be glad to give the idea that Dave Reichert somehow isn't a moderate some greater consideration.

Posted by Eric Earling at March 10, 2009 09:15 AM | Email This
1. Believe I can provide a straight-forward answer to Eric's ? in 1st part of thread start; i.e.:
Why do netroots et. al. keep insisting against all evidence that the Sherriff is part of the ''vast right-wing conspiracy'' they love to talk to each other about:

Because it's part & parcel of their fundamental and terminal disconnect from political, economic, and technical reality. Not only that:
Any ability to continue to maintain their Potemkin Village world-view absolutely REQUIRES the continuation of that set-aside of objective reality. Doing otherwise would initiate a collapse of the whole house of cards.

Posted by: Methow Ken on March 10, 2009 10:58 AM
2. Slightly Off-Topic FOOTNOTE,
Speaking of National Journal rankings:

Here's a depressing FFTD (Factoid For The Day):
Guess who the NJ ranked as the #1 most LIBERAL Senator in 2008; more (L) than Barbara Boxer and all the other (D) usual suspects; who had the ''distinction'' of getting a ZERO rating from the (C) perspective on BOTH Economic and Foreign policy:
Our very own NOT-sharpest-crayon-in-the-box Patty Murray....
Can't we give her to another State ??

Also interesting, if you sort the NJ US Senate data by the ''Rank (L)'' column:
It shows that only 3 (D)s are lower (less (L)) than the most (L) (R) - Olympia Snowe; and only ONE (D) is less (L) than the 2 most (L) (R)s - Snowe and seat-mate Susan Collins:
Evan Bayh of ID (who is right in the middle of the list).

Posted by: Methow Ken on March 10, 2009 12:03 PM
3. The answer is simple. Even a liberal Republican is to the right of what the Dems want in office. Not to mention more independent than any Democrat these days in breaking with the party. So they will characterize any Republican any way they need to to get their candidate elected and guarantee another lock-step vote.

There's no such thing as too liberal or too socialist, or even too communist to the Democrats right now.

Posted by: Reality on March 10, 2009 12:22 PM
4. The Left doesn't care what the truth is about Reichert. They just want the seat and the power that comes with it. Period. So they'll say anything they think they have to say to get it. That's it. They're not interested in logic; just power.

Posted by: Michele on March 10, 2009 12:32 PM
5. That's it Michele. The left has no interest in truth or honesty. Those words have no meaning for leftists. We see their dishonesty, deception, and sarcastic lying every day on this blog.

During the 2008 election the left portrayed Reichert as being "just like George W. Bush" which was a national and very effective strategy. They used the same exact ads against all Republican candidates, including Dino Rossi.

The left doesn't care about honesty, decency, or traditional values. They care about socialism, power, and the joy they get telling people how to live their lives.

Are those "Critical Mass" bicycle riding creeps that block traffic downtown every month conservatives?

I think we all know the answer. They are simply more evidence of the kinds of rotten people that populate the left.

Posted by: Bill Cruchon on March 10, 2009 01:12 PM
6. This might be slightly off topic but I think it speaks to how dominating leftist culture is here in Seattle.

We get these e-mails from the Seattle Public Library. They are always about readings from liberal authors celebrating liberal causes. You'll never get an e-mail about the latest book from Michael Medved, or Bernard Goldberg.

This is how liberals are. They lie when they claim they support "diversity". They lie when they pretend to be "open minded". They are closed minded, controlling thought police. Their aim is to brainwash children. They are doing a darned good job of it.

Posted by: Bill Cruchon on March 10, 2009 01:46 PM
7. So far no "All Facts" or "Demo kid" to refute you Eric. They are dumbfounded! After all how can Reichert be another "right wing Republican" when he gets endorsements by The Sierra Club and PI?

Posted by: Crusader on March 10, 2009 01:56 PM
8. Eric, you are imparting way too much intelligence to the Netroots. These guys are the blunt instrument of politics. They will latch on to any manufactured crisis, or puerile attack as their best hope. They know they can't win against Reichert, so they just smear him with obviously false garbage. Best to just ignore.

Posted by: Jeff B. on March 11, 2009 01:18 AM
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