Newspaper endorsements are always fun. Especially when they play the game of high centrism. Allow us to bathe in the finely turned rhetoric of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, RE: their endorsement of one Dave Reichert (R-WA).
In the 8th Congressional District, Eastside and neighboring voters have a race that is more competitive than most, with two capable candidates. For those of us who think that there should be strong reasons to kick out an incumbent trying to represent a diverse district well, Dave Reichert is the choice for re-election. We also think that preserving and encouraging the development of a rare voice of moderation within the Republican Party is important at a time of almost unremitting polarization.[PP adds: Why? Cannot a [D] serve all his or her constituents?]
We would be perfectly comfortable with his opponent, Democrat Darcy Burner, who is smart, well informed and progressive. Her views are much closer to our own on domestic and foreign policy, and we supported her in 2006. [PP adds: well that just sucks. Let's cut off our noses to spite our faces] But this is not an ideological choice.
In the past two years, Reichert has grown. When he was re-elected, we urged him to emphasize independence from the White House. We also suggested that he maintain his commitment to the environment and to mature in a new role as a member of the minority party.
He says it was hard to become a member of the minority, but he seems to have handled it well. Especially concerning the environment, where he has staked out moderate positions at odds with his party. He was one of the more progressive members in either party on farm and food policy.
Reichert was absent without leave from good sense during the worst periods of the Iraq War. We will never agree with his anti-choice views. But he has shown a willingness and capacity to hear opposing positions, to learn from the discussions and to work across political divisions. As a Republican of moderation, he is an endangered species worth preserving.
My emphases. I really haven’t read anything so…what’s the word??
Dear Washington, for the sake of some hypothetical high-mindedness, we urge you to forgo a woman’s right to choose, and decency on foreign and domestic policy. MAKES SENSE! DIAL IT UP!