July 05, 2010
The Enthusiasm Gap At Kirkland's Parade
Though I watch the
Kirkland 4th of July parades mostly for the usual patriotic and community reasons, I am enough of a
fan of politics so that I also check out the candidates, not so much for their platforms, or their
accomplishments, but for the volunteers that they bring to their campaigns. Watching the people
willing to march with a candidate tells you something about that candidate, I think.
This year, unlike 2004 and 2006, the Republican candidates in the parade had a big advantage
over the Democratic candidates in enthusiasm. They had more volunteers, and those volunteers
were more enthusiastic. My favorite group was
Andy Hill's, but then he had the advantage of having
daughters to cheer for him. As they marched along, the volunteers chanted: "We say Andy, you say
Hill. Andy Hill!" Which was fun, and a good way to help his name recognition.
Enthusiasm isn't everything in an election, of course. This election will be, inevitably, about
trimming back some of the promises that the Democratic majorities have made to the public service
unions. And whatever the members of those unions may think about those promises, we should
recognize that the unions will fight hard to keep them, even if keeping them cripples our state and
Over the next few days, I plan to post pictures of some of the groups, and a little more about each of
the candidates they are supporting.
As most of you know, the Eastside will be the main battlefield in this year's election. If we
hope to restore some balance to our legislature, if we hope to give Patty Murray a chance to spend more
time with her family, if we hope to give Jay Inslee a chance to practice law again, we will have to do it
in places like Kirkland. What I saw yesterday makes me a little more optimistic about our
chances this year.
(I didn't see Toby Nixon this year. It 's good to see that he hasn't given up on politics
entirely, since I think he was a real asset in our legislature,
and from everything I know, is an all-around good guy.)
Posted by Jim Miller at July 05, 2010
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1. We need candidates who aren't sold out to special interests in Olympia; I'm quite certain Andy Hill won't have that problem. I'm voting for him.
2. Here's an interesting item of information. My husband and I just returned from a driving trip to Hillsdale College in Michigan and back. We noticed many campaign signs in many states. I noticed that the Democrats seem to be ashamed of their party. They DID NOT list their party affiliation on their signs, only their Congressional District. The only way to find out their party was to closely examine the signs, where they had the Union Made labels. This is, of course, impossible from a fast-moving vehicle.
3. Carol, I think I'm seeing that phenomenon locally to some extent, as well. As well they should be ashamed...Most don't like Obamacare and they sure as heck don't want Cap & Scam....
Similar story in the Bothell 4th of July parade.
I was marching with James Watkins (
http://watkinsforcongress.com/ ), who's running against Inslee. We had a great crowd and a lot of excitement. Lots of positive feedback from the crowd, nothing negative. I didn't see any Inslee presence.
Out in Issaquah for our annual party, the dems didn't even have a booth, which is a first for all the years I've been going.
They did put the GOP booth right next to the Seattle Times booth though, so it's not like the democrats views were totally unrepresented.
6. I wonder if Geoff Simpsonís wife will walk with him in a parade?
7. H - Of course she will (she knows what's coming if she doesn't). Isn't it sad that if an R had even threatened his wife there would be no end of political and media retribution. But if a D does so, tsk tsk. A little anger management training will do just the trick. Again.
8. I agree that you can tell a candidate by the people that support him and are enthusiastic about his campaign. Like Chavez, Castro, CPUSA, Weatherman leader, Bill Ayers and other commies for Obama.
I seem to recall thousands of "Craswell for Governor" signs back at this time in 1996 -- even here in Seattle! Her volunteers' enthusiasm and dedication were unmatched.
How'd that work out, again?
Hi Jim, I met you at the parade, I was with the Watkins campaign. Two years ago I supported Toby Nixon He is good for our state, I wish he had run this year--'08 was a bad year for Republicans and was not an indication of Toby's popularity or ability.
It was good to meet you & I am now a fan. I'll make Sound Politics part of my reading habit...addiction.