September 14, 2010
James Watkins Stages A Near-Perfect Campaign Event
candidate for Congress in Washington's 1st district,
James Watkins, combined a motorcycle ride with
barbecue and Motown music. What's not to like in that all-American combination?
Here are the riders.
You can see more pictures here,
and learn more about the event
(My apologies for not telling you about the event in advance, but I sometimes get behind on my email.)
It's good to see Watkins running this kind of imaginative campaign event. The district is too
large for in-person campaigning, unless you start at least a year before the election, and TV commercials are
horrendously expensive in the Seattle market, because it includes so many
Cross posted at
Jim Miller Politics.
Posted by Jim Miller at September 14, 2010
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1. Great stuff, Jim! Why can't Sir Dino's folks come up with something as imaginative and inspiring??? :)
Speaking of guaranteed losers running for congress... how about those results in NY-23
If the Republicans had picked Hoffman up front, he would have won.
Posted by: pudge on November 4, 2009 12:40 PM
And once again, nobody but the WINGNUTS support Hoffman and Owens, who never should have had a chance for this seat, wins the general in a walk... just like Inslee.
3. I can understand the Ducati on High Bridge Road, but that cruiser probably averaged 15mph. Hah. That road is strictly for us sport bikers. His BMW was probably ok, although carbon based speed governors are a real annoyance on a road like that. Anyway, why didn't I know about this? Would have figured out how to do it. I already have my NRA and US Army stickers on the fairings, where do I get a Watkins jobbee? God, I hate that miserable carpetbagger Inslee. Should have stayed in Richland and rotted. Once upon a time the 1st district was competitive but now that liberal Seattle money has moved in, just another rubber stamp district for whatever the Democratic Party leadership wants.
4. Has anyone seen any polling numbers for the Watkins race?
5. Has anyone seen any polling numbers for the Watkins race?
Hays - The Watkins camp has said that they have polling showing that Inslee is vulnerable, but I don't know of any public polls on the race.
And I won't conceal the fact that it would be an upset if Watkins wins. Cook rates the district +9 D. (By comparison, Cook rates the 9th district +5 D, the 2nd district +3 D, and the 3rd district even.) Obama got 63 percent of the vote there in 2008, and Inslee did even better, with 68 percent of the vote.
All that said, in a wave election (as I expect this one to be), even entrenched incumbents can be surprised and, so far, Inslee doesn't seem to be putting on much of a campaign.
So the odds are against Watkins, but I don't think it's an impossible race. And, he seems to be running a smart campaign.
If the national parties start putting money into the race, then you will know that at least one poll shows that it's close there.
7. Thanks Jim! I would agree, Inslee looks disinterested.
World War I and World II German helmets and jack boots ?
Well I guess they have the Nazi and Kaiser admirer vote sewn up.
Not that I don't, myself, admire aspects of the brilliance of pre-1943 Germany.
And as post war kids in America, we all knew that nothing was cooler than the German military uniforms.
But such is not the way to win elections in 2010 Washington State.
What's not to like is if he is deceiving all these people. What's not to like is if he is another Scott Brown.
READ OUR LIPS! NO NEW RINOS (AND WHILE ARE AT IT GET RID OF A FEW OLD ONES LIKE WE DID MIKE CASTLE).
Duffman did you ever think that Rossi IS TRYING TO LOSE?
Look from our perspective we don't give a damn how much seniority Murray has gained but for people who earn their money by how influential they are with those with influence in Washington DC that's really a big deal for them. Even if they were once on the Republican side the fact that they might have worked with Murray and her people as colleagues for example, reflects on whether they can deliver on such influence and therefore it effects their personal income.
Look who got Rossi in the race to begin with and look seriously in a mature and sophisticated manner and ask would it really be in these people's interests for us to lose our Senior Senator, someone they know and have worked with in the past?
The answer when you clear away all the partisan noise might surprise you. That is if you have the capacity to think like the BIG BOYS (and now women) think. That is if you can put your partisanship mentality away for a moment.
Remember BOEING ENDORSED MURRAY!
Murray is the CHAIRWOMAN on the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies.
Murray is the CHAIRWOMAN on the Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety.
The power of seniority that she has gained over the years would be unavailable to the power brokers in Washington State if she loses. This was the exact reason the Realtors gave when they endorsed her.
Look, Again I know that's not how we on the outside look at things but that IS how those in the inside do. That's how they MAKE THEIR MONEY.
So, be a grown up, be mature, and look at those who got Rossi to run. Is it really in their best interest, personally, in their own pocketbook as individuals if she was removed from office?
Tom you are really on to something here and I believe have come to the same conclusion I have.
Patty Murray has SENIORITY and for political operatives in Washington State (forget party affiliation for a moment for they certainly do) that is very, very important to them.
They can't afford to risk losing that due to some damn "tea party movement". They already lost having the influence of having the Speaker of the House be a Washington State Representative last time around when people in Eastern Washington "unwisely" ousted Speaker Foley in a similar movement in 1994. That just can't happen again.
So, with Rossi it's now MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. He has performed the function that he was set out to perform.
Yeah, look at the people behind getting Rossi to run and tell me if they would personally gain or lose by having Murray and all that influence that comes with it ousted.
The only thing left now is to see what Rossi gets for his victory once Murray is re-elected.
I love all the comments here that say that it sure looks like Rossi doesn't want to win.
Who gains personally from Patty's Seniority?
I will give you one clue.
The clue is "colleague".
And indeed it is clue because for some blinded in partisanship the answer is not going to come easily if at all.
Yeah for those who can put partisanship behind them for just a moment and like Tom says think like the big boys (the political elite) do, the answer is obvious.
Which means few here will get what really is going on.
There's real money at stake here. Certain individuals could have lost thousands if not even a million or more of personal income if the tea party movement did to her what the "Republican Revolution" did to Foley.
No fear of that now.
Yeah, the answer is so obvious but of course for some the "R" blinds them.
I guess we can call it the elephant in the middle of the room that none dare talk about.
But then again, Elephant? More like a Rhino.
This whole thing smelled FISHY from the start.
Remember that when Murray wins election night and her all so important (to the Washington State political elite operatives) seniority is preserved.
In the end they really do use your efforts to actually promote what all you claim to be against.
Yeah, they play you all like a fiddle.
I am embarrassed that you claim to be conservatives. Well I guess you can be right on the issues and stupid at the same time. At least stupid as to what is going on all around you.
Perhaps it's the "R" that blinds you.