October 30, 2006
A Confused Candidate
Does anyone else find Susan Owens' statements about the Legislature "behind the times socially" totally incongruent with this statement:
I don't answer questions from bloggers, and that was apparently the moderator's only credentials ... I don't take questions from bloggers. I just don't blog and don't read them.
How does one claim the Legislature is essentially out-of-touch while displaying no knowledge of the rising role of blogs in political discourse? The incongruence is striking. And not exactly the sort of confusion one wants to see sitting on the State Supreme Court.
Just more reason to tell your friends and neighbors about Stephen Johnson, who is locked in a tight race with Owens. Women especially should share the word with their female friends based on reading the cross tabs of the poll. Johnson faces a yawning gender gap, as one would expect, but in addition, a higher percentage of women than men are undecided. I shouldn't have to tell most readers that women tend to lean toward their fellow female in the absence of other compelling information about the election choice.
Heck, you may even be able to convince undecided voters based on this: liberal columnist Joel Connelly was impressed enough by Stephen Johnson to say this about the debate that wasn't: "We heard a pretty good exposition of Johnson's judicial philosophy, which makes my vote in this race all the more difficult."
I guess that makes Joel "behind the times" too.
Posted by Eric Earling at October 30, 2006
10:20 PM | Email This
Not only is she out of touch, she's wrong.
Stefan's only credentials are not "just blogging"
(although if you look at his daily and weekly numbers - he and his contributors easily have as much readership as some of the small neighborhood papers such as the Ballard News-Tribune, Federal Way Mirror, or West Seattle Herald)
Stefan also wrote a regular column for the Stranger on election and political issues during the year of the Gubernatorial recount miasma caused by King County Elections.
I may not always agree with Stefan, but he has certainly broken into the "legitimate columnist" ranks.
Owens is just trying to excuse the inexcusable - backing out of a debate four hours before air time when the final moderators have been known for days just isn't done by serious candidates for any office.
And, leaning towards the left myself, I was planning to vote for her until she pulled this stunt. I can't see that happening unless she admits her error and apologizes before election day.
Let me rephrase Ms Owens statement:
"I don't take questions from people that don't think I'm right 100% of the time"
behind the times? she is behind the 8-ball if she wants a vote. where's Waldo-ette?
meet your challengers. grow up. there's only so much playground in which to run away.