In justifying their editorial abandonment of Rep. Dave Reichert in favor of political newcomer Suzan DelBene, the Seattle Times lauded the Democratic challenger for her nuanced and knowledgeable grasp of the issues:
DelBene is not a guaranteed Democratic vote. She would have gone further to reform Wall Street, including reviving the Glass-Steagall Act — the Depression-era legislation that once kept commercial lending separate from investment activities. DelBene seems to grasp the urgency to simplify and reinvigorate government oversight.
Reichert gave a meandering speech that contained few specifics. At the end of his speech, the moderator asked for questions from the floor. A woman asked Reichert to describe his position on whether the Glass-Steagall Act should be reinstated. Reichert said he's not familiar with the act.
Or at least, Reichert isn't familiar with the act... anymore.
Whether Reichert never knew what the Glass-Steagall Act was, or just can't remember it since taking a tree limb to the head, I don't know, but whatever the reason, it's part of a pretty troubling pattern. Back in August, the Seattle Times ed board publicly castigated him for being unable to explain his opposition to Wall Street reform, yet six weeks later he was still unable to articulate an answer when asked again by KING-5 TV's Robert Mak.
Is Reichert unable to learn and retain information about complex issues like these, or is he simply too lazy or disinterested to try? Either way, and whatever the cause, you'd think this might give pause to voters who take this election seriously.