The state Democrats are getting lots of advice about what went wrong in their attempt to defeat Dave Reichert 8th Congressional District. Here’s my two cents:
Darcy Burner is smart and personable, but she was hard for some of us to take seriously as a candidate for Congress.
When our editorial board evaluates political candidates, one of the first things we look at is their record of public service. With Burner, you have to go way back to her high school days to find her doing something – the Civil Air Patrol – that didn’t involve advancing her own career and interests.
A seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is not an entry-level public office. If Burner had paid some dues on a parks commission, planning commission, city council, whatever, she’d have been a lot more plausible as a federal lawmaker.
When a Democrat succeeds in losing to a Republican in a swing district in a year like this, you have to wonder. Burner would do well to volunteer for a worthy cause a little lower on the glamour-and-adulation scale. The Democratic Party would do well to find someone else in 2010.