August 17, 2008
Vote Tuesday - Some Suggestions

Since I generally vote a straight party line, I can't be considered objective in partisan offices but voting for Republican candidates in Seattle, regardless of qualifications, at least shows the flag for my team and reveals the base Republican vote. Statewide, the Grand Old Party has a great stable of candidates.

Governor: Dino Rossi-Deserves reelection.

Lt. Gov.: Marcia McCraw-Super smart, active, loyal Republican.

Sec. of State: Sam Reed-No conservative but head and shoulders above his opponents.

Treasurer : Allan Martin-Even retiring treasurer, a Democrat, supports Republican Martin.

Auditor: Richard McEntee-Democrat Sonntag has done a good job but been in office since 1993. Term limits anyone?

Atty General: Rob McKenna- Brightest star in the party. U.S. Senator some day.

Lands Comm.: Doug Sutherland-Done excellent job, opponent is partisan Democrat.

Supt of Public Instruction: This should be a Governor appointed position but isn't so retain Terry Bergeson as best of the bunch.

Insurance Commissioner: Incumbent Kreidler, a former Democrat member of Congress is opposed by Curtis Fackler who I believe ran as a Republican in 2004 and John Adams who is a Republican.

1st Dist Congress: Larry Ishmael-Great resume, ran in 2004. Outstanding replacement for incumbent Democrat Jay Inslee who lost reelection to Congress from the 4th District in 1994, lost primary for Governor in 1996, won election to Congress in 1998, this time in the 1st District where he has been a reliable liberal vote ever sense.

7th Dist Congress: Steve Beren-Sure anybody but McDermott but Beren, a powerful speaker, would shake up Congress with common sense conservative principles.

The Judges in King County: I offer the suggestions of a friend's conservative attorney.

Michael Bond, Charles Johnson, Suzanne Parisien, Les Ponomarchuk, Julia Garratt, Laura Middaugh, Barbara Mack, Ann Danieli

Initiative 26 - Non-Partisan County Council: Supported by some big money Republicans and even conservative radio talk show host and silver medalist in the 2000 Governor's race, John Carlson, as a means of breaking the Democrat strangle hold on King County. The Seattle City Council is non-partisan but just try to get elected if you have any association with Republicans. Yes, Mr. Burgess was so accused but got elected to the Council anyway. His votes so far belie any Republican DNA. I-26 just puts the same Democrats in power now underground. Lacking any other information about a candidate, I know I have a better chance with a Republican when it comes to fiscal policy, taxes, property rights and economic growth. I'd just like to see party affiliation noted on the ballot.

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Posted by warrenpeterson at August 17, 2008 11:33 PM | Email This
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1. I wouldn't vote for Fackler just because he is running away from the "Republican" label, while serving as chair of the county GOP. As long as he insulting the party's base, he won't get their support.

Kreidler is an absolute train wreck, who is doing everything he can to socialize health care and take away the rights of individuals and businesses, and he has a serious habit of outright lying to the public.

Don't forget CD 2: former Snohomish County Sheriff Rick Bart!

Posted by: pudge on August 17, 2008 11:52 PM
2. And please add Dave Reichert in the 8th CD.

On I-26 it is a real problem how overtly partisan the KC Council is/can be -- and this is a very positive move towards lessening that atmosphere in an area where it isn't really appropriate. Support I-26!

Posted by: Anthony on August 18, 2008 12:37 AM
3. No one alive used to vote party more then I... but no longer.

Critical thinking requires more than an automaton response. Politics demands it, because given the deep dark shade of blue this state is, were everyone to just vote for their favorite party, no one to the right of Lenin would ever get elected in this state.

USE YOUR HEADS, PEOPLE: vote the candidate, not their party, since both parties have become an increasingly abysmal disappointment.

Governor: Javier Lopez. Dino is a mainstreamer masquerading as a conservative. No conservative would have advocating wasting $75 million taxpayer dollars on a basketball team, plus he surrounded himself with Eric types on his transition team... not a single conservative in sight.

Lieutenant Governor: Anyone but Brad Owen. Owen became a joke when he created an unnecessary job for one of his buddies, now the state senator in the 19th (Brian Hatfield), and paid him more money then anyone else on his staff, including his Chief of Staff, when all Sullivan did was work as Owen's flunky. The result? "But, because Brad is paying this guy so much friggen money, he has to bump everyone ELSE in the office up... so Brad's Chief-of-Staff gets a $20,000 a year raise to $70,000, a "deputy director and international trade specialist" gets a $25,000 bump to $65,000 while others are getting pay raises of $3,500 to $8,600 yearly, while every OTHER state employee has to make do with 3.2% this year and 1.6% next year (2006)."

That equated to an increase of 37% in one year. Talk about "tax and SPEND." This disqualifies Owens from holding ANY office.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2002236328_owen09m.html

Secretary of State: Jason Osgood. Reed is not only "no conservative" but he's such a politically gutless wimp and waste of skin that he can't even pour coffee properly.

Reed has been abysmal failure on the most critical issue confronting his office: election reform that MATTERS. He whines and snivels about keeping felons that haven't completed their sentences from voting, a critical voting element of the democrats; he's failed to push for proving citizenship as a requirement to register or legal identification as a requirement to vote. In short, he's been utterly incompetent on election issues, and no incompetent should be rewarded with re-election.

Auditor: Brian Sonntag, hands down. The problem with partisan blindness like that exhibited by warrenpeterson here is that if you use the criteria of "head and shoulders above his opponents" for one candidate, you should use it for all. Sonntag has been an outstanding, even brilliant auditor, absolutely party-blind when it comes to skewering those in government who screw us on a regular basis, and McEntee offers no argument of substance to replace Sonntag... and the mere fact McEntee has an "R" after his name certainly isn't enough for any thinking individual to vote to do so.

8th District: Reichert. Burner is an utter empty suit, about as qualified to be in congress as that waste of skin Obama is to be president. The Sherriff's undeniable record of public service and voting record that reflects the district have more than earned him re-election by anyone not infested with BDS.

3rd District: Christine Webb. She has the advantage of not being a Paulistinian whack job.

I used to support Brian Baird. After all, it took a lot of guts for Baird to come out in opposition to the moveon.org leftist scum he has to put up with when he took a more measured view of dealing with the Iraq situation. He votes the district reasonably well. But then, he had a bit of a problem with earmarks as explained in this article:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2003948586_favorfactory14m.html

That killed the deal for me.

Supreme Court: Beecher over Johnson and Bonds over Fairhurst.

If Johnson believed, as he did when he ran, that it's time for new faces and ideas, then I have to agree with him and he needs to go.

Fairhurst is an embarrassing shill for government without anything approaching objectivity. She needs to go.

I-26 is an experiment worth trying. If it fails, we can always go back to the partisan dog and pony show we're confronted with now.

Posted by: Hinton on August 18, 2008 08:36 AM
4. Thanks Warren on the suggestion regarding Bergerson. I was tending that way solely on the fact the WEA was supporting someone else, so it is good to have a second source.

Posted by: swatter on August 18, 2008 08:40 AM
5. A couple off issues I have with your post:

There is a case to made for term limits (I'm personally opposed them), but it's not as flippant as "a Democrat has been in office for 4 terms.

Absolutely not should the governor appoint SPI. That removes voter choice places one more obstacle to accountability between We The People and government officials. In fact, I think several members of the governor's cabinet ought to be elected statewide, instead of appointed by the governor: Ecology, L&I, Transportation.

Vote Curt Fackler for Insurance Commissioner. He is a very respectable man and is very qualified for the job. Kreidler is an awful partisan Democrat and borderline socialist as well. Don't fault Fackler for running as an independent. He ran as a Republican in 2004 and lost. Now he's running against the same incumbent, so he tried to change things up a bit. Perhaps stating no party preference was a little misguided of a strategy, but you at least have to respect him for not trying to repeat what he knows doesn't work.

Lastly, I couldn't disagree with you more about Bergeson. I wish the unions didn't have quite so much control over this race, but that's the system we're dealt. Your choice should pivot on the WASL. If you think it's an effective tool for our schools, retain Bergeson. If you don't think it's an effective tool, elect Dorn. Personally, if we're going to be spending millions of dollars on a education program, I'd like to spend the money on something that we know works, such as reducing class size. Making a student take a test doesn't make him smarter. Furthermore, if a student passes a a test, it is only as much of an indication of that student's ability as it is an indication of the difficulty/ease of the test. Vote Randy Dorn.

Posted by: ds53 on August 18, 2008 08:58 AM
6. I will NOT cast a vote for Sam Reed, period. End of story. I may not vote in that race, but I will never cast a vote for Sam Reed.

Posted by: JDH on August 18, 2008 09:29 AM
7. You can't fix what you don't measure. Tests such as the WASL are not perfect but they do measure performance. If students are taught everything covered on the test, they will have received a good education. Yes, a few students need alternative assessment methods but for the vast majority, tests work. Two tools that do not always yield results commensurate with investment are smaller class size and more money. Respect, discipline, parental support, kids ready to learn do work.

Posted by: warrenpeterson on August 18, 2008 09:31 AM
8. Hinton:

You're on drugs about Dino, simply put. Dino has a strong history of fiscal responsibility. Whatever else you dislike about him, he CAN win, likely WILL win, and WILL bring much-needed fiscal discipline to the state government. No other vote for any other candidate has a chance to do this.

Plus, Javier Lopez?!? HE THINKS HE INVENTED A CAR THAT RUNS SOLELY ON AIR. Seriously. The guy is a nutjob. If you must vote for someone other than Dino, the only choice is James White.

As to Reed, that's even worse. First, you are simply wrong about Reed being an "abysmal failure" on election reform. While I disagree with him on some things, he's also been HUGE on other things, like cleaning up the rolls and requiring proof of residency before your vote counts.

And as much as you dislike Reed, Osgood would completely gut every single protection we have for prohibiting illegal votes. You're cutting off your nose to spite your face.

As to Sonntag, I have not decided if I will vote for him in the general. In the primary, no. I do agree "term limits" is not substantive; however, I also like the challenger, McIntee.

Michael Bond (not "Bonds") is a no-brainer, and I am leaning toward Beecher as well.

As to Bergeson, this is a no-win situation. I did say Dorn before, but I think I may switch to Bergeson just because if Dorn gets in, he might stay there awhile. But if Bergeson stays in, Republicans will likely be blamed for everything she does, since it's only with strong GOP support that she can win.


ds53: "Don't fault Fackler for running as an independent."

I do.

Posted by: pudge on August 18, 2008 10:22 AM
9. Would never vote for Kriedler. Having personal dealings with him and his department, he has a real habit of making an agreement with insurance companies, then going back on the deals completely.

Also has a habit of sending out his attack dogs (auditors) if you question his department.

Posted by: Ken on August 18, 2008 11:31 AM
10. Sorry, Pudge, I may be on many things, but "drugs" ain't one of them, and I'm not particularly fond of the characterization.

Clearly, we have differing ideas of what is, precisely, a "conservative." I am more concerned about the fiscal end of things as opposed to the social, since at the end of the day, there's nothing Rossi could do to impact those anyway; but the idea that somehow, spending $75 million taxpayer dollars on a basketball team equates to fiscal conservatism, or that Rossi chose to keep any conservatives off his transition team, speaks for itself.

And, at this point, I must say that your response here is one of the more disappointing I've ever seen from you, assuming it's genuine. You tell us: "Whatever else you dislike about him, he CAN win, likely WILL win, and WILL bring much-needed fiscal discipline to the state government." Well, then, he can accomplish all of those things without my support. That said, your response smacks of partisan blindness and stamping you'r' widdle footsy... "It's MY ball.... Mine, mine, MINE!"

I know precisely two things about Lopez: he ain't Gregoire and he ain't Rossi. I'll settle for the nuttiness of what he thinks he invented over the whacked out idea that the people of this state would support the waste of tens of millions of our hard-earned dollars so a few guys can play a game any day.

As for Reed, on the contrary, Pudge... you write absolutely NOTHING to dispute my positions.

Reed went all over the state after the disaster of 04. And in place after place, he heard, over and over again, the concerns of the people over both proof of citizenship to register to vote AND use of LEGAL IDENTIFICATION to prove identity to vote. He also heard, time and again, that we, The People do NOT support the idea that a convicted felon should have his voting rights restored WITHOUT COMPLETING THE ENTIRETY OF THEIR SENTENCE INCLUDING RESTITUTION.

So, could you provide us with a link where he dropped, or had dropped, any bills to accomplish the two issues of the former? No, you damned sure cannot. And you must have been living in a cave if you hadn't heard his whining about how tough it is to scrub the voter rolls to keep felons from exercising a right they lost by virtue of committing a crime.

The end result? We DO have people ILLEGALLY registered to vote in this state, and Reed has done absolutely not one fricking thing about it.

And I note you failed to address that, as well as you failed to address the issue of felon voting, an idea that Reed STRONGLY supports.

As much as you dislike Osgood, re-electing Reed would be rewarding incompetence and indifference to Republican principles and what the people of this state ACTUALLY WANT, AND WHAT HE DAMNED WELL KNOWS WE ACTUALLY WANT, BUT IS CHOSING TO IGNORE.

Without requiring proof of citizenship to register and legal ID to vote, there's nothing TO "gut," because we have no genuine "protection" for "prohibiting illegal votes" anyway.

There aren't many ways to send a message to a career politician that will not LISTEN. And Reed has proven, time and again, that when it comes to what WE want, he turns a deliberately deaf ear.

Your response in this instance shows how blind partisanship can and frequently does overrule common sense and right and wrong. Frankly, I thought better of you.

Posted by: Hinton on August 18, 2008 11:33 AM
11. Pudge @ #1: I don't think Fackler is "insulting the party's base", but accepting the reality that he lives in a very blue state. There is no chance that he can win with an R tag.

Similarly, folks are opposing I26 because people should have the right to know what party the candidates are affiliated with. Although I do not disagree with that assertion, there are waaaaay too many folks who blindly vote the party lineup.

If Fackler's approach and I26 force people into actually making voters know something about the candidates they vote for (other than R or D), that is a good thing. Too many lemming voters vote stupidly.

Posted by: Seabecker on August 18, 2008 11:37 AM
12. Another four years of Terry Bergeson??? Are you completely oblivious to the fact that our schools are going down the toilet with the economy?

Unfortunately, Randy Dorn is actually a member of Bergeson's team (not to the mention the fact that he's just as corrupt as Bergeson).

I discuss more issues than all the other candidates combined, and I'm not hamstrung by sham civility or partisanship. The King County Democrats are little more than Republicans with a different name. All are working for corporate interests, not children.

David Blomstrom

Posted by: David Blomstrom on August 18, 2008 11:48 AM
13. The Washington Policy Center has a new booklet out and there is a very interesting chapter on tax policy. The recommend to avoid enacting a State Income Tax "A state income tax would have a negative effect on the Washington economy. Comparisons among states show that income taxes reduce state competitiveness, add cost and complexity to the tax code, and reduce the incentive for people to work, save and invest. The absence of an income tax is one of the few clear advantages Washington’s business climate has over those of other states."

The website is: http://www.washingtonpolicy.org/policyguide/index.html

Check out the article before you vote! I am against a State Income Tax (which both of my opponents want) Vote for Leslie Bloss for State House Rep. 36th District, Position #1.

Thanks for reading!

Posted by: Leslie Bloss on August 18, 2008 12:21 PM
14. For SPI office-I do NOT care for Bergesun (SP?)-but Dorn's principle support is SEIU Local 925-that in itself should be reason enough to NOT vote for him.

Remember, 925 are the folks that brought a "union contract" to self-employed home day care providers-those folks who work "for themselves" are now supported by tax payers...

Posted by: Jack on August 18, 2008 12:26 PM
15. @10
Hinton wrote: "I may be on many things, but "drugs" ain't one of them, and I'm not particularly fond of the characterization"

Is this not hypocritical since you refer to your rationale in voting for Christine Webb was that she was not a "Paulistinian whack job"???

Posted by: Constitutionalist on August 18, 2008 12:39 PM
16. While I still know who I'm not voting for I have yet to make a decision on Supt. of Schools.

I would love to see the candidates for SPI answer this timely commentary on the state of education.

Come on kids... er, candidates, give me something to work with here!

Posted by: Ragnar Danneskjold on August 18, 2008 12:57 PM
17. Party labels count with voters, especially in down-the-ballot races. Curtis Fackler will come in a distant third for Insurance Commissioner, because he is running without a party and nobody knows who he is. John Adams will get at least 30%, probably at least 35%, for second place, simply because he calls himself a Republican.

I would note that neither the state G0P nor the King County G0P website lists ANY candidate as being supported for state auditor or insurance commissioner. This is in spite of the fact that John Adams was the G0P nominee for insurance commissioner in 2004 and Richard McEntee was the G0P nominee for state auditor in 2000. Neither G0P group takes a position in the SPI race either.

Posted by: Richard Pope on August 18, 2008 12:57 PM
18. Note to SPI candidates hoping to woo me.

This INFURIATES me.

Granted they are not talking about WA... yet. But the bottom line is schools are heavily funded. They always seem to have cash for more bureaucrats and the latest toys to beat last years latest toys yet, never seem to have enough cash.


In rural Minnesota, one district is skipping classes every Monday to save fuel. On the other days, classes will be about 10 minutes longer.

The other option for the district _ Maccray, an acronym for Maynard, Clara City and Raymond _ was to start cutting electives. A shorter week will save at least $65,000 in fuel, superintendent Greg Schmidt said.
Nationwide, at least 14 other districts are switching to four-day weeks, and dozens more are considering it, according to a recent survey by the American Association of School Administrators.

This is a bulls***move right out of Ron Sims playbook: fund everything except the necessities then whine for more.

These "options" are a wind up pitch to scare taxpayers for more money.

EDUCATE THE KIDS!
THAT'S YOUR DAMNED JOB.

It is well past time for a people initiative regarding education. A peoples initiative that limits the scope and number of bureaucrats, their perks and pay, that allows them limited overview but puts the responsibility directly back in the hand of parents via local, controlling school boards. A peoples inintiative that requires each and every public school to account for every dollar they TAKE IN and more importantly EVERY SINGLE PENNY they SPEND per student. We as taxpayers would have a collective heart attack over the discrepancy.

It is time to break up the national and state control of education.

I dont' want to vote FOR SPI, I want to vote to get rid of the office. I want to vote to get them the hell out.

Posted by: Ragnar Danneskjold on August 18, 2008 01:17 PM
19. hint: Dino lost last time. He's going to loose again. You look like a total moron saying he deserves "re-election". You will never win by whining.

Posted by: A Citizen on August 18, 2008 02:39 PM
20. hint: Dino lost last time. He's going to loose again. You look like a total moron saying he deserves "re-election". You will never win by whining.

Posted by: A Citizen on August 18, 2008 02:40 PM
21. hint: Dino lost last time. He's going to loose again. You look like a total moron saying he deserves "re-election". You will never win by whining.

Posted by: A Citizen on August 18, 2008 02:40 PM
22. hint: Dino lost last time. He's going to loose again. You look like a total moron saying he deserves "re-election". You will never win by whining.

Posted by: A Citizen on August 18, 2008 02:40 PM
23. hint: Dino lost last time. He's going to loose again. You look like a total moron saying he deserves "re-election". You will never win by whining.

Posted by: A Citizen on August 18, 2008 02:40 PM
24. hint: Dino lost last time. He's going to loose again. You look like a total moron saying he deserves "re-election". You will never win by whining.

Posted by: A Citizen on August 18, 2008 02:40 PM
25. hint: people that post the same thing 6 times in a row are morons...

Posted by: Jack on August 18, 2008 02:48 PM
26. Hey "A Citizen", know how I can tell you are a Democrat?. You post like your fellow "D's" vote, early and often.

Posted by: RJK on August 18, 2008 02:52 PM
27. I wrote something a few weeks ago about making the SPI an appointed position:

Here.

I don't know if it would solve more problems or create more problems, but it's a good conversation to have.

@4: That's stupid voting to ignore a candidate solely because they have a WEA endorsement. You realize we teachers endorsed Dave Reichert, right?

@ 5 and 7: I think you're both on to something. My biggest complaint with Bergeson is that she is too invested in the WASL to the exclusion of using other tests (like the MAP assessment through the NWEA) that do just as good a job of measuring the kids without costing tens of millions of dollars. The MAP can be used to measure growth--the WASL can't. The MAP can be finished in two days--the WASL can't.

There is a far, far better way than the WASL. Dino Rossi kind of gets to that point in his education plan when he talks about creating the nation's best standardized test.


@14: Point granted, but consider that Bergeson used to be president of the all-powerful WEA, and now she's been thrown off the bandwagon completely. I think that the reality of being the face of schools in Washington tends to be a moderating force.

@18: I fail to see the problem. There are some rural school districts right here in Washington--small ones, without a ton of administrative overhead--that could save an awful lot of money by going to school 4 days a week. Look at a school district map, particularly for Eastern Washington:

http://www.k12.wa.us/maps/SDmainmap.aspx

...and think about what it costs a Tonasket, North Franklin, Ritzville, or Reardan to bus their kids. The state transportation allotment simply hasn't kept up with the cost of gasoline. What should schools do about it?

Ryan
http://ithoughtathink.blogspot.com

Posted by: Ryan on August 18, 2008 02:56 PM
28. @Richard Pope

I agree that Fackler will come in a distant third. I don't think listing himself as an independent was a viable strategy at all. My only point wat that if you agree with his positions, and disagree with the incumbent, then you shouldn't not vote for him solely because he listed himself as an independent.

Posted by: ds53 on August 18, 2008 04:32 PM
29. Seabecker:

I disagree. I oppose Fackler.

Posted by: pudge on August 18, 2008 04:55 PM
30. Hinton:

What you are fond of is not my concern.

You say you are more concerned about "the fiscal end," and no one in this state can do more to bring fiscal responsibility than Governor Dino Rossi. Period, end of story.


You tell us: "Whatever else you dislike about him, he CAN win, likely WILL win, and WILL bring much-needed fiscal discipline to the state government." ... your response smacks of partisan blindness and stamping you'r' widdle footsy... "It's MY ball.... Mine, mine, MINE!"

Your response smacks of a jilted lover, rather than a concerned voter. I spoke directly to your concern -- fiscal discipline -- and instead of addressing it, you get all huffy about it.


As for Reed, on the contrary, Pudge... you write absolutely NOTHING to dispute my positions.

False: I wrote plenty to dispute your idea that Osgood would be better, since he cares not a thing for preventing illegal votes, and Reed does, and has acted toward that end (though not as much as either of us would like).


And you must have been living in a cave if you hadn't heard his whining about how tough it is to scrub the voter rolls to keep felons from exercising a right they lost by virtue of committing a crime.

That's because it WAS hard, because King County and others weren't cooperating, but he scrubbed the rolls anyway. He got it done.


We DO have people ILLEGALLY registered to vote in this state, and Reed has done absolutely not one fricking thing about it.

False. Again: he DID clean the voter rolls as much as possible (about 400,000). He also stood up to a lawsuit and successfully defended the rule that you must prove your residency before your vote can be allowed to count (even though, yes, it's still not a legal ID, nor proof of citizenship).


I am not saying Reed is perfect. But you are clearly wrong to say he's done nothing ... in fact, he's done at least one big thing you say he hasn't done.


As much as you dislike Osgood, re-electing Reed would be rewarding incompetence and indifference to Republican principles and what the people of this state ACTUALLY WANT, AND WHAT HE DAMNED WELL KNOWS WE ACTUALLY WANT, BUT IS CHOSING TO IGNORE.

I am more concerned with getting the best we can now. Osgood could potentially do far more damage than Reed. At least Reed keeps moving in the right direction, albeit slowly.


Without requiring proof of citizenship to register and legal ID to vote, there's nothing TO "gut," because we have no genuine "protection" for "prohibiting illegal votes" anyway.

Oh come on. I know this makes sense in principle, but in practice, our election system (modulo mail voting, which sucks) is better now than it was four years ago: more ID checks, fewer illegal voters on the rolls, more oversight (esp. with King County), and so on.


If you want to send a message, fine, I won't stop you. But Osgood would be a step backward.


Your response in this instance shows how blind partisanship can and frequently does overrule common sense and right and wrong. Frankly, I thought better of you.

You're obviously very emotional about this, but you intellectually you must be able to concede that my position -- that Reed is objectively superior to Osgood -- is rational. And my position on Reed, in any event, is FAR more intellectually defensible than yours on Rossi. Rossi has an actual record of strong fiscal discipline, especially in the face of a looming deficit. You say that is what matters to you, but then you ignore his actual record and just throw out epithets.

This is not the result of "common sense."

Posted by: pudge on August 18, 2008 05:00 PM
31. BTW, everyone, David Blomstrom here is running for Superintendent and he is almost completely unhinged, even by Internet standards. He thinks it is rational to compare Bill Gates and Terry Bergeson to Hitler and other Nazis.

He defends this by saying, "The Nazis were the greatest evil of their era. The corporations that now run the U.S. are the greatest evil of our era."

Frankly, even if Bergeson WERE a Nazi, I'd STILL probably prefer her to the complete nutjob that is David Blomstrom. He makes Richard Pope look downright brilliant.

Posted by: pudge on August 18, 2008 05:02 PM
32. @pudge

First of all, Richard Pope is downright brilliant. This message board is more familiar with his flaws than with mine or yours, but Pope's intellect is not one of them.

Second, do you have any particular reason for opposing Fackler other than his decision to state no party preference? It seems like you're mostly upset that he's abandoning his party label. If that's the case, then should I expect to see you touting Ron Sims next year should Pete von Reichbauer challenge him for county executive?

Posted by: ds53 on August 18, 2008 05:35 PM
33. ds53:

I disagree in re: Pope's intellect, as many others here do. I am not saying he's a complete moron, but he's no genius. However, I didn't mean it in that sense, I meant brilliant more in the British sense. Sorry, I had just been watching some Olympics soccer, and I often get a bit of the Brit in my language when I do that. Go USA women!

But whatever.

On to Fackler: well, I prefer Adams anyway. He's a superior candidate (with a superior name!). If it were Kreidler versus Fackler, I'd vote for Fackler in a heartbeat. Kreidler is a liar and a cheat. But even if I didn't prefer Adams, I'd be looking for some candidate other than Fackler if at all possible. Such an affront -- you don't call it that, but I do -- should not be rewarded.

If you want to run away from the GOP, fine, then see ya.

I don't live in King County so I will not be taking a position except that Ron Sims is almost as bad as Kreidler.

Posted by: pudge on August 18, 2008 06:10 PM
34. Pudge whined, "BTW, everyone, David Blomstrom here is running for Superintendent and he is almost completely unhinged, even by Internet standards."

That's a compliment, coming from a Democrap who thinks he's a country music sensation...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIDFDCFa2xM&feature=PlayList&p=123A7F0F309178DF&index=14

(Pudge = Chris Nandor.)

"He thinks it is rational to compare Bill Gates and Terry Bergeson to Hitler and other Nazis."

That's the difference between me and Democrats. I think institutional child abuse is disgusting. I think a society that sh*ts on its own children the way we do here in the U.S. isn't fit to call itself a civilized society.

Of course, this doesn't bother Pudge Nandor because the Democrats are among the biggest pigs feeding at the trough. Which doesn't mean I'm a right-winger - I hate Republicans, too. But Washington State is ruled by the King County Democrats, not Republicans.

"He defends this by saying, 'The Nazis were the greatest evil of their era. The corporations that now run the U.S. are the greatest evil of our era.'"

1. The Nazis WERE the greatest evil of their generation.

2. If Corporate America isn't the greatest evil facing the world today, what is? Do you think the kids trapped in Seattle's derelict public schools are being screwed by Osama bin Laden?

"Frankly, even if Bergeson WERE a Nazi, I'd STILL probably prefer her to the complete nutjob that is David Blomstrom."

Of course you would; Vichy Democrats always find a way to support corporate NeoNazis.

By the way, this is the thread where I met Cowboy Pudge: http://www.39gop.com/2008/08/got-question-for-christine-gregoire-and.html

My last post - the one he deleted - said something like "Get your corrupt ass out of MY schools before you ask me to stop posting here."

I'm going to write more about Pudge on my Seattle Mafia website. I think he makes a good symbol of the arrogant, self-serving swine who call themselves Democrats.

Posted by: David Blomstrom on August 18, 2008 06:38 PM
35. Thanks. Also, since everyone benefits from competition, I suggest writing in a candidate against Jamie Pedersen, who is running unopposed in the 43rd district. I'll write in my favorite SoundPolitics contributor.

Posted by: Esther on August 18, 2008 09:46 PM
36. David Blomstrom:

Everyone in here knows about my songs, and knows who I am. I have no secrets here. Thanks for posting a link, but they all know, and they don't care.

They also know I'm not a Democrat. It's not obvious why you think I am, but whatever.

Not sure why you keep insisting I'm a Democrat though. Probably that whole "unhinged" thing.


If Corporate America isn't the greatest evil facing the world today, what is?

Oh, yeah, it's OBVIOUSLY Bill Gates. You're so totally right. I never should have doubted you.

Posted by: pudge on August 18, 2008 11:14 PM
37. I voted for Fackler 4 years ago since he was the Republican standard bearer. But now, even if he was running as a Republican I wouldn't vote for him. He's a Paulistinian hack and proved himself one at the WSRP convention this year. I'd sooner vote Democrat than vote for one of them.

Posted by: WFP on August 19, 2008 08:11 AM
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