Politics GOP Rep. Reichert on the War
posted by July 17 at 20:19 PMon
Over on his blog, Postman’s got an interview with US Rep. Dave Reichert about the war.
Reichert’s position boils down to this: Let’s wait until September for the full report on the surge. He characterizes all the withdrawal resolutions as “politicizing” the war.
I’m not sure what’s wrong with “politicizing” a war—as if that’s some how sullying its … purity? I know there’s got to be some canny aphorism about how war is politics… which it is, obviously.
There’s always this: “Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.”
Anyway, the weirdest part of Reichert’s rap is this, from Postman:
Reichert still firmly supports President Bush. The congressman is a former sheriff. When he talks about the war he frequently relates it to police work. And in this case he sees parallels between the criticism aimed at Bush and his most famous case, the hunt for the Green River Killer.
“During Green River we were just hammered on by the press and the community and I got hammered by people and criticized and I just feel some of the same pressures are being applied to the president.”
What kind of line is that? As if Reichert was in some way a victim of the Green River Killer. Come off it. Of course the press hammered him. It took Reichert nearly 20 years to catch the killer. This quote reveals how much he believes his own campaign press releases, how much he believes that his Green River Killer mantra is an answer for everything—whether it’s germane or not. Kinda like Bush on Iraq and al Qaeda.
p.s. Good on Postman. I know you’re all gonna holler about how the GOP frames the debate, but seriously, I don’t think reporters talk to Republicans enough. I try to as often as I can, which is difficult at a partisan paper like The Stranger