It may well not be a personal form of idiocy, but rather, perhaps, the beginnings of the long, painful slide into dementia.
Politicians with money understand how to hide public awareness of such problems for as long as possible.
As reported at Wikipedia:
Waters represented a large part of south-central Los Angeles and the Los Angeles coastal communities of Westchester and Playa Del Rey, and the cities of Torrance, Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood and Lawndale.
I know these areas well, as I used to attend community college here. These areas comprise what I would characterise as the "industrial underbelly" of Greater Los Angeles.
But I really have to wonder, precisely, what she accomplished for both the people of these areas, during her tenure in Congress, and the companies here.
Unemployment is still horrifically high; public school educational excellence is nearly non-existent; the gangs have literally taken over many of these areas; and many of those companies struggling to survive have been either driven out of business, or driven away by difficult and overwhelming regulation.
I do commend her stance against the Iraqi war; but it is time for the citizens of these areas to move on, in terms of representation.
Waters turns 79 this August; therefore, it is high time for her to retire, and time for the Democratic Machine to run someone who can actually start to effectively make some positive change for the people who live in these areas.