September 20, 2010
Fake Tea Party Candidate Suzan DelBene
DelBene is running against
a Republican House incumbent, Dave Reichert. The 8th
district is now a swing district. It's never been held by a Democrat, but Gore carried it in 2000 (49-47),
Kerry carried in 2004 (51-48), and Obama carried it in 2008 (57-42). Cook rates it as leaning
Democrat (+3 D) So she has a chance to win the district, though I would say that this year the odds
are against her.
In the last two weeks, I've been seeing this
on our local TV stations. It begins by showing Congressman Reichert on the House floor.
Here's my rough transcript:
Reichert: The American people are sick and tired of broken government. They're
sick and tired of business as usual.
Announcer: Dave Reichert's right. After six years in Congress, voting against
Wall Street reform, while taking their contributions and requesting $325 million in earmarks, we can't afford Dave
Reichert's business as usual.
Suzan DelBene: I'm Suzan DelBene, and I approved this message.
I've spent my business career focused on the bottom line, and I'll cut my own pay until we balance the
Because it's time we stopped passing on debt to our kids
If you, like nearly everyone in the Tea Party movement, are worried about our massive
Obama-Pelosi-Reid deficits, then you'll probably find that commercial appealing. She's says she's
against business as usual, earmarks, and deficits. She'll even give up her own pay until the budget
is balanced, perhaps because she is independently wealthy, perhaps because she hopes to be in Congress
a long, long time.
But the commercial did leave me wondering just how she intends to balance the budget.
(And whether she has told our senior senator, Patty Murray, that she will have to give up
earmarks, or the Democratic congressman from the nearby 6th district, Norm Dicks, that he was going to
have to give up some of that military pork.)
So I looked at her
campaign site and found her
economic plan. Although it's ten pages long, it has no bottom line. She favors R&D tax
breaks for businesses and more spending on inefficient "Green" jobs. She favors patent reform,
which is probably a good idea, in principle. She favors spending more money on our
inefficient education system. She favors tax breaks for small business. She's a "strong
supporter of the Obama Administration's National Export Initiative", but says nothing about the three
unratified free trade pacts with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. She wants to spend more
money on infrastructure, including that classic boondoggle, high speed rail. She wants to go back
to Depression era financial regulations, but says nothing about the problems with Fannie Mae and
Freddie Mac. She is in favor of vastly expanded regulation of our financial industries — and
does not seem to understand that the consumer often ends up paying for those regulations.
So, all together she's in favor of more tax cuts, more spending, much of it on dubious projects, and
more regulation — and she favors a return to "fiscal responsibility".
She does not explain how more tax cuts and more spending would lead us to fiscal responsibility.
Nor does she mention, even once, in that entire document, entitlements.
Her economic "plan" appears to have come from a different candidate than the one who approved
So which do we believe, that entertaining commercial, or that dismaying economic "plan"?
I'm inclined to believe that the "plan" gives us a more accurate picture of her thinking. But
I don't really know, since I can't see into her mind. But I know how I would bet, and I know how
I would vote, were I in the 8th district.
Cross posted at
Jim MIller on Politics.
(Incidentally, this little post should give our local reporters some interesting questions to ask Ms. DelBene
— assuming, for the sake of argument, that they would like to commit journalism.)
Posted by Jim Miller at September 20, 2010
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Off topic, deleted. - JRM
It is, by the way, especially bad manners to make the first, or even one of the first ten comments, off topic.
Please show ordinary politeness and comment on DelBene's commercial and economic plan. You can either agree with me and say they are inconsistent, or disagree with me and argue that they are consistent.
But do try to behave in a civil fashion, leaving out the insults, and staying on topic.
Behave as a guest, not as a vandal or graffiti artist.
2. Still no polling data for Watkins v Inslee?
Here's all we know---she can't be trusted. She's a democrat who will support the Obama agenda; a very unpopular agenda at that. If she supports tax cuts for small business, I sure haven't heard her say Obama is wrong for increasing taxes on the top two rates as he says he wants to do. You can't say you are for small business and then raise their taxes.
She doesn't represent me; and I'm in her district.
PS--I think CnR is working hard on getting banned from this site.
Reichert will win, but it may be close.
I also heard that Dick Muri vs. Adam Smith is now rated a toss-up according to David Boze - that's a good surprise.
5. Agree with Michele @3. I don't like Reichert, but I sure won't be voting for DelBene. I like it when the congress and/or senate swings to counter the exec. The fewer laws those clowns can pass the better.
6. Might as well vote for Cap and Trade since there's no political consequence for doing so...
7. I was interested in the Tea Party Movement initially, but then I realized it is simply Republicans masquerading as something they aren't. I'll stick with voting for the Libertarians.
8. You mean we should not trust politicians that make promises of cutting spending but then do not offer any real substantial cuts to government? Or are you suggesting we do not trust Democrat politicians that make such promises but take republican ones at their word?
9. I don't get it. Reichert wins in 2006 & 2008 which were very difficult years to be a Republican. Suddenly in 2010 he's gonna lose in "the year of the GOP"? I swear WA state is just mentally ill.
Washington State appears to be the only state in the union that is not in open revolt against Obongo, Pelosi and their all-out war against the Constitution and the American people. Up here in pork & latte land, it's Patty Murray and business as usual. Why?
11. @10 - I'd put it down to Seattle being the most distant from D.C of all major cities, but Alaska is even further away and is not going for Obummer. I bet the income tax measure passes, Murray re-elected, Reichert loses, liquor measure fails. Basically every wrong result will happen in this state.
I wouldn't write-off Washington State voters.
A critical mass is being reached with regard to the incompetent, irresponsible, obnoxious PC and feckless governance of Demo-marxists. A severe recession coupled with the incompetent/ ineffective policies of leftist elites are combining to create a perfect storm for them.
Your average idiot Seattle socialist is not immune from watcing his/ her tax dollars pissed away on bad government and pay-offs to government union folks. Captitol Hill apartment Trolls will continue to back the status quo.
Anyone who has a stake in the future (you own a home of have children) will see the negative/ destructive nature of the liberal status quo.
13. In the commercial, she also says she won't take further pay raises. Ha - raises are automatic unless voted down, and in all the years since the auto raise bill passed, the raise has never been voted down.
14. I sure hope you're right, Atilla. I am a lifetime, 3rd generation, rural Washingtonian who has little faith in this state's urban and close-in suburban voters. Most seem addicted to unearned entitlements and other government pork and will more than likely vote to maintain the status quo, even if it bankrupts our various governments.
First off, it depends on how you would define a "Tea Party Candidate?" She isn't Republican, so, if that is a pre-condition, she would not meet it. If one takes the broad condition of wanting to address the deficit and government spending, then she starts to talk the talk.
Second, on the flip side, I have not seen a Tea Party candidate who is serious about really reducing the deficit and cutting spending. Most still stick with the "starve the beast" mentality and assume if one cuts revenues that Congress will cut spending accordingly. Theory doesn't meet actual practice however, on either side of the aisle when it comes to cutting spending. Earmarks are drop in the bucket compared to the big cuts that need to happen. A good question for any candidate would be are they willing to dramatically alter Social Security, like raise the age and cut benefits, especially for wealthier receipients? Another good question is are they willing to tackle the defense department budget? If they rule both of these out of bounds and want to add back in the cost cutting to Medicare that was in the Health Care bill (i.e.,repeal health care == let Medicare run rampant), then in my mind they are not any more serious about cutting the deficit and government spending than Ms DelBene.
Maybe we should be like Nevada and have "None of the Above" on the ballot. It would be interesting to see how many votes that choice gets.
Seattle/ Portland has become the political rear-end of the country. Due to our friendly welcoming natives, pleasant climate, outdoor culture, and absolutely gorgeous mountains and forests, an influx of liberal misfits have descended upon the region over the past 30 years to call this home. And as long as they shared some of our outdoor loving REI values, we never noticed.
But as many now have some skin in the game, they are waking up to the reality that bottomless spending and unfunded pension liabilities doesn't make for a balanced spreadsheet.
17. But as many now have some skin in the game, they are waking up to the reality that bottomless spending and unfunded pension liabilities doesn't make for a balanced spreadsheet.
I just don't buy it for a moment. A liberal is a liberal to the bitter end.
Well, yes the deeply engrained ones are pretty much lost. But there's a lot more moderates, independents, etc. out there that have decided a lot of close races. We'll see how it plays out. Even in Deeply Blue WA, there are some more reasonable folks who are starting to see that progressives haven't gotten them any closer to success than the conservatives they've been told to reflexively shun.
Many such people I know have privately confided to me that they've lost faith in the bureaucracy that continually rewards incompetence and union allegiance. I just had this discussion with an elementary school teacher the other day. She sees just how much waste there is in administrative overhead. She hates the fact that incompetence is protected by the unions.
Hells bells - I'm not too worried about her ... about the time of the primaries I had to search to find out who, if anyone, would be challenging Reichert.
What little I read of her bio reminded me an awfully lot (in a awfully BAD way) of Darcy Burner but she does come off less shrill and far less condescending than DB.
20. Me, I hold my nose and vote for Reichert. Igave him money in the past but can't do it now. I thank God that I am not in Alaska and going through that Murkowski mess. For once I am embracing the top two primary. It is weird compared to '94. I moved here then and I never expected the outcome then. I really think the unrest is stronger now. Liberals are still blaming Bush, but can't defend Obama. It will be interesting.
21. If DelBene gets voted in, I am taking my wife and dog off in our sailboat to somewhere were sanity exists. If Susan gets in there with Patty and Cant-vote-Well this state is in more trouble than I could have ever imagined!!
22. It's amazing how democrats (including Patty Murray along with DelBene here) are pretending like they aren't the ones who've been passing all the legislation that's been angering people since Obama got into the Whitehouse (cheered on by his hammer&sickle-waving supporters).
Leftists are so smugly convinced of their superiority that they are insulated against any critical self-reflection.
In their own minds, the unwashed masses should be cheering for liberals, laying flowers at their feet and signing over their assets to them out of profound gratitude for obamacare, tax increases, quadrupling our debt, and insulting our intelligence with new speak such as "man caused disaster".
She's just Darcy Burner with a bank account. Nothing new here except this is a Repub. year and will mean Reichert's biggest win yet.
Del Benzene didn't vote in nearly all recent elections. Not voting in regular elections = not representing me in Congress.
I find it very disappointing that Suzan is running against Dave Reichert.
Dave Reichert is one of the few Republicans out there who realizes that Global warming is for real and is willing to stand up and take action to do something about it.
It took much courage for him to buck the Republican line and act independently to protect our environment by voting for critical cap and trade legislation. He's support made the bill bipartisan.
Here's a video that sums up why we should all support Dave Reichert.
Yes, thank you Dave Reichert. I am hoping with him in office he can help to stop the Republicans from electing more envirohaters to office but instead get into office more people who are in line with with the Mainstream of America.