(photo: Dave Reichert- the package, unfortunately, is empty).
Funny, we've heard The Haircut around the dial a lot lately. On Kirby Wilbur, Dori and Dave -- last weekend on KVI's Cop Talk (Sat. 6-7p). Even the cops tried to lick Reichert to death, and he purred like a kitten.
"Reneged," is the word Steve Scher used, and if you know the cuddly Steve, that he chose that word means he was mad!
It's a huge media no-no for a politician to stand-up a live broadcast appearance -- it rarely happens -- but three times is more than bad manners -- it's a pathology. It's one thing to refuse to do certain media, but quite another to beg-off a scheduled appearance at the last minute.
(Can't believe, frankly there's that much to do in Washington DC these days to keep a Republican like the magnificently coifed Mr. Reichert from his commitments... how many ways can you nuance the word 'No?")
We know Dave Reichert. He's the ex-Sheriff and has a gun and will tell you he knows how to use it. As tough as he is, he loves a forum where the questions are like thistle-down and he's allowed to filibuster with his cliché-filled sermons on right & wrong, and how his single-handed capture of the Green River Killer relates to Medicare.
Whereas commercial talk shows beg for sound bites to fill in the few minutes between commercial breaks, public radio has fewer time constraints and an audience accustomed to and insistent upon real (if tedious) substance. Scher asks really specific policy questions and waits for really specific policy answers. It's never comfortable for Reichert.
(photo: Steve Scher: "Reneged!" he screamed.)
His capable staff usually keeps him away from places that are potentially out of his depth. Will Weekday ask Reichert back? Probably. He's the only Republican in congress from around here, and the only representative the 8th District's got.
Sheriff Dave, always looking good, (truly, his hair is magnificent!) and free of strong ideological commitments, has managed to win three terms in a confused district struggling with its political identity. His colorless political career may be living on borrowed time... but hey, we've said that before.