Name That Party: Erratic Rep. David Wu's Party Registration Unnoted by Time's Sullivan

February 23rd, 2011 10:55 AM

When a sitting U.S. congressman's behavior is so erratic and inexplicable that his own staffers want him to get psychiatric care and some of them quit in horror upon his reelection, it's a legitimate news story for national media coverage regardless of the political party of the person involved.

Of course, if the congressman were a Republican, it's difficult to imagine his political affiliation would go unmentioned in any media account.

But the federal legislator in question is Oregon Rep. David Wu, a Democrat.

In a February 23 Swampland blog post for, Amy Sullivan omitted Wu's political affiliation even as she detailed the troubling behavior he's exhibited over the past few months:

Of course we all hope that Wu gets the help he needs, but it seems odd that we're only now learning of these things well after the November elections. Where were the media before the election?

Oh, that's right, they were busy smearing conservative candidates as extremists, crazies, or incompetents.