March 19, 2009
Shame of the Year

Confirmation of the City of Seattle's atrocious handling of December snow storms is a reminder that there is no greater travesty in local politics than the fact there is no major candidate to challenge Mayor Greg Nickels.

If ever there was a local official who deserved to sweat a campaign in which his Administration's foibles are called out in a very public way, it's him.

Posted by Eric Earling at March 19, 2009 01:51 PM | Email This
1. In my opinion, there should be two quality candidates for each position. The fact is- we can't even get one good candidate for a position. Seattle Mayor is more of the same old, same old.

Posted by: swatter on March 19, 2009 01:41 PM
2. It doesn't matter if anyone challenges Nickels or not. Even if someone did, it would likely be just another liberal socialist retard who is more worried about banning plastic grocery bags than he/she is about actual matters of public safety.

Posted by: Kato on March 19, 2009 02:27 PM
3. Dear troll, you are making quite a leap in your derogatory comment.

First, would I make a quality candidate for Seattle Mayor? No, I wouldn't. I don't pass the litmus test of living in Seattle.

Your derogatory comment should be turned inward and you should analyze why good people won't enter the political field due to having to deal with people like you on a constant basis. What can you do to improve the situation?

Posted by: swatter on March 19, 2009 02:55 PM
4. That's the sad part isn't it, Kato. Nickels would simply be replaced with another leftist. Sure was a funny article though, I got up early and was reading it and my poor wife was still trying to sleep. I was unable to stop my laughter.

We say it over and over, don't we? You simply don't have to make up stories about liberal lunacy. Which is something that sets us apart from them.

They have to make up lies. We don't need to.

Posted by: Bill Cruchon on March 19, 2009 02:55 PM
5. One has to wonder who lived here:

"No such emphasis was accorded other neighborhoods, although special attention was given to the private Lakeside School in Northeast Seattle, where a truck sprayed de-icer around the grounds, and a loop of streets in Laurelhurst that were plowed even though they're not among the city's list of priorities for snow cleaning, according to department records."

I'm sure they had good reason for this...

Posted by: TonyG on March 19, 2009 02:59 PM
6. OK, why is this big news? Seattle government, or any government, is incompetent because competency is not based on merit or what you know or who is best for the job but on seniority, who you know, how much the payoff was or what color you are. Or some combination of all four. And you never know for sure because they are making the rules as they go. If you have tried to build a home in Seattle lately, this snow thing wouldn't be a big surprise. This Keystone Kops routine is standard operating procedure for any government agency. Look at the local and federal responses to Katrina if you want more proof or the recent AIG bonuses cock-up. Fingers pointing everywhere.

And it keeps happening and the same people get re-elected. And it keeps happening as more people clamor for government to do more.

Now, make the jump, if you will: This is the same system that will be controlling your health care.

Boy, I just can't wait.

Posted by: G Jiggy on March 19, 2009 03:20 PM
7. Isn't Steinbruck going to run? He's far left too, but at least he might be competent.

Posted by: Palouse on March 19, 2009 03:47 PM
8. Seattle gets exactly what it wants and deserves. Poor leadership.

Posted by: Jeff B. on March 19, 2009 04:33 PM
9. I'm holding out hope that James Donaldson's the guy. We'll see.

Posted by: IMFletch on March 19, 2009 04:56 PM
10. Yet one more reason I moved. The fact that the same idiots are re-electing the same idiots assisted in dictating my need for departure.

I do not want to be involved or pay for this type of leadership or the crap it creates.

Posted by: Chris on March 19, 2009 06:17 PM
11. What are the qualifications and costs of running for mayor of Seattle?

If Obama can score big because he isn't Bush, why can't we exploit public angst against Nickels?

Posted by: Dantzler on March 19, 2009 07:02 PM
12. If that bus had made it on to I-5 there would be a slew of candidates standing next to the memorial. And they too would probably care just as less in the end after the election. Some day we'll get a change.

Posted by: Col. Hogan on March 20, 2009 12:00 AM
13. Can I run as as a Redmondite? I was born in Seattle and lived there for 18 years (pre-military). It would be awesomeness if I could run.

Posted by: flashoverride on March 20, 2009 01:24 AM
14. My favorite line last winter was we can't salt the roads because the salt will flow into the Saltwater

Posted by: hellpig on March 20, 2009 06:41 AM
15. In all fairness to the Mayor he could have been deep in his battle with the Ben and Jerry's container the night before the snow.

Posted by: Paul on March 20, 2009 08:16 AM
16. I love it...
Hey you fools, you voted this guy in!

The king must have his streets cleared before you peeons can.

Posted by: Medic/Vet on March 20, 2009 09:15 AM
17. These people through their incompetence cost Seattle and the region a lot of money and time, including holiday time with friends and family.

That heads have not rolled is a sign of the culture of Seattle and King County. Whether it's drunk driving, incompetently miscounting thousands of votes in an election ... no offense is too great, except, of course, trying to fight the system for justice and the greater good. Play along and you can get away with anything. And it won't change as long as voters keep electing anyone with a D after their name.

Posted by: pudge on March 20, 2009 09:36 AM
18. Sad but true, Pudge. Seattle has not had a Republican Mayor since 1969. Washington State has not had a Republican Governor since 1985.

Leftists have flowed into this area in the past 30 or so years. Seattle in particular has been regarded as gay friendly so the city has a huge gay and lesbian population, nearly all of them predictably leftists. Leftists don't like sunny weather. They are frightened of the sun. I don't remember this phenomenon when I was growing up here. The moment the sun comes out in Seattle women don massive hats. You don't see this in places where the sun actually shines more than a couple months a year. The people who now populate Seattle are a different breed. It's wet and cold and gloomy and these people like it.

A bit of tongue-in-cheek here but I don't think I'm that far off the mark.

Posted by: Bill Cruchon on March 20, 2009 12:46 PM
19. Of course, if the City had, for many years, spent money to keep equipment and people ready for a once-in-a-decade storm, you'd be pissing and moaning about how liberal Seattle wastes money it should spend on more jails or whatever. (And, that contingent amongst you who chronically cannot understand the difference between local weather and global climate would, once again, be flouting this bone-deep ignorance, claiming Seattle's snow-storm preparation "proves" that even liberals believe global warming is a myth, yadda yadda yadda...)

There's a mechanism by which citizens register their approval or disapproval of our political leaders. We call these events "elections." (We can understand if you'd rather not hear that term, considering how many of them you've won of late.) If we citizens care enough about the city's performance in the recent storm -- and I think it was just fine -- then we'll make an issue of it in future elections. You're free to disagree with us, for all the good it will do you, since we don't care what you think anyway.

If you just can't stand how we continue to ignore you, then move to someplace like Northern Mississippi, or southern Alabama, or rural South Carolina, where snow is even less frequent. Plus, the decades -- centuries! -- of right-wing policies must have made those places economically prosperous, and kept those local environments clean; their bedrock belief in liberty means you'll be judged on the content of your character, not by any external irrelevancies. What are you waiting for?

Posted by: tensor on March 20, 2009 03:21 PM
20. #20: Tensor

If you think that Seattle's response to the storm was just fine, well, that's all we need to know that you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. It was a total failure. But then, you lefties don't mind failure, as long as your original intentions were good.

And, global warning IS a complete and total fraud. Just so you know.

Posted by: Kato on March 20, 2009 04:17 PM
21. *warming*...

Posted by: Kato on March 20, 2009 04:19 PM
22. If you think that Seattle's response to the storm was just fine, well, that's all we need to know that you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.

I live in one part of Seattle, and work in another part; my home and office are miles from each other. I logged overtime in the office during the storm, physically going to and from there each day. (My boss specifically gave all of us the option of working from home that week.) The lack of co-workers allowed me to use some special lab equipment, whose regularly-scheduled users were stuck in their exurban homes; therefore I was MORE productive than on a snowless week.

Now, had I sat around whining about how I needed a nanny state to shovel my sidewalk for me, I (literally) would not have gotten anywhere. I don't accept such limitations if I don't have to; I'm not a whiner. Care to guess which viewpoint will prevail in the upcoming elections?

But then, you lefties don't mind failure, as long as your original intentions were good.

Mmmm, that describes why you guys stopped voting Republican, right? You were upset that our federal budgets were not balanced, our troops are still in Iraq, and that lax regulation led to market collapse. That you believe you can even lecture anyone on failure after all that speaks volumes for your total lack of self-awareness. *warming*...

(Snort) Really, what can I possibly say here? Would you guys please stop making satire impossible?!?

Posted by: tensor on March 20, 2009 04:47 PM
23. Make it just like a 2 year jury duty, would be really hard to do worse.

Posted by: Dbltap on March 21, 2009 10:11 AM
24. Latest TOP 10 most popular names for hizzoner so far:











All the names that are just too mean to such a nice fellow, like MAYOR McFATTY, MAYOR PORK, MAJOR PORK, MAYOR BIGMAC, etc. will not be included in the Top 10 names for HIS HONOR. This is Seattle, a nice city, after all.

We are monitoring the TIMES, P-I, Weakly, and Strangler for the most mentions in comments from the citizenry.
Newest contenders:

Posted by: Bill Gatesby on March 21, 2009 08:02 PM
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