Indeed, despite a persistent headache, Reichert had been blithely walking around—and casting votes—with a bleeding, compressed brain for at least two months.
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I hear Rush Limbaugh isn't using his.
Interesting - I hadn't heard about this before.
Well, as easy as it would have been (the jokes kinda write themselves), I tried not to have fun with this. I hope Reichert loses, but I don't wish him ill health.
The point is, we're electing a congressman here who quite possibly has a significant neurological impairment. I think that's a question that should be addressed, if only by Reichert publicly debating DelBene so that we can see for ourselves whether he has his full faculties. (Or as full as they've ever been. Like I said, the jokes write themselves).
I don't live in that district, but it would be a shame for it to lack serious representation. Is DelBene any better than Marcy D'arcy?
Although evidentially partisian (and in a good way!) this was the most in depth story I've seen on the campaign in the 8th District. Without delving too much into his privacy I think it is fair to ask him if his injury is impairing his job.
Sadly, the district still has not attracted a really strong Democratic candidate, although there are several eligible folks sitting in the state legislature. Again, we have a candidate who has no previous elective office experience. That's fine if you're running for city council or school board; not so good when you're running for a national seat. Not that Reichert had any credible experience either, but he had - and still has - name recognition, which is the trump card in most politics. I like Del Bene just fine, and I'll certainly vote for her, but I could wish it were Ross Hunter or Deb Eddy or Pat Sullivan running for this seat instead.
Thank you for the hand-wringing, and I'd like to point out something you've missed: Reichert's job makes him responsible for the direction, health, economic strength & moral stance of this nation of over 300 million. Simply put, it is an absolute necessity to hold our national politicians to the highest standard possible. Reichert's votes and actions have deliberately led this nation into the economic chaos it 'enjoys,' as well as it's pathetic & cruel health care, which scores among the lowest of industrial nations on any criteria you wish to measure. Unfortunately, the bastards and assholes who have created this mess won't be held accountable. It is a beautiful miracle that nature is doing what our leaders are too cowardly to do. He won't rot in jail like he deserves, but at least his brain is slowly leaking out through his ears. I hope he spends the rest of his life crapping his nappies and being spoon-fed tasteless gruel. It's more than he deserves.
Geez... read the medical literature I linked to. Injuries like this in people his age often result in some form of long term or even permanent impairment. Substantial recovery is likely, but "substantial" does not equal total.
So what...? We're not supposed to write about this because it's what? Mean?
I could've had a field day making fun of Reichert, and it would have made for a damn more entertaining post, but I didn't. I laid out a reasonable case for why one might suspect he's suffering from some sort neurological impairment. All he has to do to prove me wrong is do what what we expect of any candidate: publicly debate his opponent.
Moreover, one can feel sympathy for the man while questioning his ability to do his job.
At the risk of making light of someone's possibly intellectually disabling injury, I've assumed that the above describes most of the Republicans in Congress... and for a lot longer than two months.
So what you're saying is, in a democracy, if a candidate can get away without debating his opponent, good for him. He has no obligation whatsoever to talk to the press or publicly engage on the issues, especially if it might show him to be, by comparison, unqualified, ill prepared or even brain-damaged.
Huh. Welcome to Dave Reichert's America.
Also, I think there's a HUGE difference between knowing what happens to 80 to 90 percent of people with chronic SDH and what is happening to Dave Reichert specifically. It sounds like you have some good questions here that could lead you to start investigating a story, but I hardly think you reach the threshold of going to publication with this ... especially since you're violating someone's medical privacy. You better be extra careful before you start talking about a public official's brain. This is not a laughing matter. This is personal and private. Put yourself in his position. This type of information should not go out unless you are sure.
Also, in terms of not appearing in public and avoiding the media, after brain surgery, even if he is slated for full recover, there is a huge fatigue factor. And as far as you know, that could be all it is.
Reichert is a public figure. An elected official. A congressman. His medical issues ceased to remain private once he chose to be a public official. Furthermore, it is Reichert's description of the extent of his injury that I am citing; he can't very well go on TV attempting to evoke sympathy for his near death experience, and then claim that his health is a private matter.
As to citing websites, I cited the UCLA Medical Health Systems Neurology website, not Bob's Brain Blog.
The problem with your assertion, that this doesn't meet the threshold of going to publication, is that without Reichert's cooperation, one can never meet such a threshold for publication. Thus all Reichert needs to do to avoid public speculation about his possible neurological impairment is to continue to stay quiet and out of sight.
That would have been the proper thing to do - BEFORE the Primary.
@25 - SomeOldNodaddy - you sicken me. Although karma is often sweet, I don't even wish what you said in your comment for you..........disgusting as you most certainly are.
That made me laugh.