March 01, 2009
Democratic Positioning for the Future

Here's a gut reaction on where the political dynamics - much like circling sharks - are headed with an eye on the Governor's mansion in 2012:

1) Lisa Brown: by intent or not, steadily becoming the potential candidate of younger progressives, the netroots, and other emerging forces in the Democratic party.

2) Jay Inslee: positioned, as always, to be the candidate of Jay Inslee.

3) Establishment candidate: this could be Gregoire if she makes another run at it, but the older school of Democrats will have their candidate in the race, the only question is who will that be and how serious a primary run can they mount?

I note the above because the Lisa Brown twist is worth watching as this clearly contentious legislative session unfolds - with a hefty dose of progressives (raise taxes!) vs. pragmatists (we don't want to lose seats!).

Yes, we're a long way off from 2012, but if there is anything the 2008 race for Governor taught us, the seeds of a highly successful campaign in a high profile environment are most often sown over time...and lots of it.

Posted by Eric Earling at March 01, 2009 03:25 PM | Email This
1. Since there is nothing whatever "progressive" about the left, I dislike the use of the word to describe these regrettable people. Could you simply use the word " leftists?"

And could you pretend that one of the most stomach-turning of them all, Jay Inslee, simply doesn't exist?

Posted by: JB on March 1, 2009 05:05 PM
2. Alas, if the state GOP wasn't so beholden to the religious conservatives we'd have a legit chance at the governor's mansion. There are lots of Democrats who might be inclined to vote for a fiscal conservative if they didn't have the bad taste in their mouth about voting for a party that is so dominated by theocons.

Posted by: Crusader on March 1, 2009 05:17 PM
3. Crusaders definition of an ultra-religious conservative - anyone that goes to church.

Crusader - is Dino a "religious" conservative?

Posted by: ultraman on March 1, 2009 05:47 PM
4. I'd suggest Frank Chopp, but he's got the best job in Washington politics right now.

Posted by: Ryan on March 1, 2009 07:38 PM
5. Crusader, were you deliberately trying to be offensive, or does it just come naturally? Follow-up question, does it do any good for various groups within the GOP demonize each other?

Posted by: Paula on March 2, 2009 06:25 AM
6. Paula's right. The path toward GOP resurgence is to never consider any discussion of who we are and what we stand for here in WA. Such debate within the party can only serve to force us to adapt to new political realities, and god knows we don't want that.

Also, JB at #1 has the right idea about Inslee. Let's all shut our eyes, plug our ears, and pretend that our most successful opponents aren't there. That's a winning strategy if I ever heard one.

Posted by: Auburn's Finest on March 2, 2009 07:22 AM
7. The only way for the GOP to regain traction in this state is to embrace personal liberty as their primary message. As soon as religious people start worrying about themselves rather than trying to force their neighbors to live as they would, then we'll see some change.

Posted by: blindman on March 4, 2009 11:23 PM
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