Then, of course, there was Wehby's aversion (until very recently) to debating Merkley, which many voters have probably interpreted as an admission of incompetence. Chunks of her policy material also turned out to be plagiarized, further eroding the credibility of a campaign seemingly built on the assumption that serving in the Senate ain't brain surgery. In the end, questions about Wehby's suitability for elective office loom so large that her views on policy hardly matter. She's unelectable.
That's a shame. There's no question that Merkley's competent. His weakness, rather, is his highly partisan record. If Merkley had patterned himself after fellow Democrat Ron Wyden, we'd be happy to endorse him. Instead, he quickly became known as one of the Senate's most left-leaning members. For instance, while Wyden in 2011 supported free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Columbia – not surprising given Oregon's dependence upon trade – Merkley opposed them.
Merkley, Wehby both unsupportable: Editorial endorsement
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