November 18, 2011
It's Easy To Confuse Oregon And Washington
work for the
New York Times.
And a map with the article mislabeled, in some editions, the state in the upper left corner
of the contiguous United States that is considered solidly Democratic. It is Washington,
not Oregon. (Though the outcome of some races may be in doubt, one thing is for
certain: Oregon will always be solidly under Washington.)
(To be precise the state was labeled "Ore.", not "Oregon".)
I blame Timothy Egan.
Cross posted at
Jim Miller on Politics.
(Would I consider the state "solidly Democratic"? No. Republicans hold four
of the nine House seats, and their top statewide vote getter, Attorney General Rob McKenna, has
run ahead of Democrats like Governor Chris Gregoire in recent
elections. For example, in 2008, a Democratic year, he was re-elected, 59-41, while
she was re-elected, by a narrower margin, 53-47.
Washington state leans Democratic, but is not, in my opinion, solidly Democratic.)
Posted by Jim Miller at November 18, 2011
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1. I'd say that Western Washington if definitely solidly Democratic. All one has to do (generally)to be elected to office in Western Washington is to have a "D" behind his or her name.
2. The Puget Sound region is solidly Dimocratic. Most of the rest of the state is made up of normal people.
3. As long as we're still one of the 57, no harm, no foul.
4. #3 Right On! As long as they don't confuse our UW football team with the Ducks...Oh, well let me possibly reconsider that... :)
Well, if the "smartest guy in the room"
can get the US state he's speaking in confused with an entirely other continent, I'd say they're in pretty good shape at the old Gray lady. By the way, how much have we heard about this in the news? If it were Bush, he'd have been a dottering buffoon, but alas, once more, Buh-rack Obom-uh gets yet another pass in the collossal gaffes dept.
6. Funny, I live in the 39th District, which spans much of Puget Sound, and it's all Republican. The 10th is mostly Republican. Somewhat recently, the Snohomish County Council was mostly Republican.
7. The NYT probably hasn't paid much attention to us since we were part of Oregon Territory. That's probably what they were thinking...
"Washington state leans Democratic, but is not, in my opinion, solidly Democratic.
Does understanding the context of the map, Battle for the Senate A New York Times analysis of the 33 Senate seats up for election in 2012 inform your opinion?
Do you really think a candidate nobody knows or has heard of will beat Maria Cantwell?
And I don't think the other Republican office holders nor 2012 Republican candidates in Washington is going to change that one iota.
The number of people who even know a Republican running for Cantwell's seat is below 5%.
Jim, if you know a Republican candidate or candidates that might beat the Democratic Senator, it is funny you could not even give a GOP WA Senate candidate a plug here.
I think that the state of Washington is solidly Democratic in the 2012 Senate elections, and there's not a snowball's chance in hades a Republican wins Senator Cantwell's seat in 2012.
9. @8: Yeah, just about to repeat that. Seems like Jim just didn't bother to look at the actual article or map.
10. if one listens to Jim Morrison, "we have the numbers" then it doesn't matter if the state is 'solidly democratic'. The majority rules and the rest of the state can catch up or stay stagnated.
11. #1....If Western Washington includes Clark County, which I think it should....WW is not solid Dem.
12. I asked a similar question but now I believe that its not going to happen but supposedly it supposed to strike March 19th today due to the Super Moon but the guy who made the hypothesis said it could be between March 19th - 26th...
Let's be real here for a moment - this State is solidly Democratic. The GOP is hoping like crazy that the RINO McKenna will be moderate enough to break the D stranglehold on the governor's mansion, but I don't think it'll happen. By whatever means necessary, the D's will retain the governor's mansion. Doesn't matter how many ballots they have to find in the basement or in Ron Sims garage.
As for Cantwell, we may as well start calling her Cantlose given the insignificant opponents that the GOP has been able to muster thus far. There's nothing I'd like better than to bring her home from DC, but if I had to put money on it I'd be betting on her winning term #3.
14. MBS & DK - so keep electing Dhimmowhits over and over again, what has that done for WA state?
@14 SmoledMan on November 19, 2011 11:09 AM,
What's the name of a Republican candidate for Cantwell's US Senate seat in 2012?
16. MBS - Rob McKenna?
@16 SmoledMan on November 19, 2011 12:19 PM,
It may surprise you, but Rob McKenna will not vote for Rob McKenna for the US Senate in 2012. If he won't, why would anyone else?
@14: MBS & DK - so keep electing Dhimmowhits over and over again, what has that done for WA state?
Obviously, a senator from the minority party would make much less difference, but which would you prefer -- a senator that is more senior than 2/3rds of the chamber and is a member of the majority party, or a freshman senator that would be pretty much at the bottom of the barrel?
And given that McKenna is looking at the governor's mansion and Dino Rossi is unlikely to want to add to his losing streak, where precisely will the Republicans dig up a candidate?
19. In college football, the Oregon State Beavers and Oregon Ducks both defeated UW and Wazzu this year. That may be downright confusing to some, but as an Oregonian - I'll take it...
@18 - A GOP governor would be preferred over a GOP Senator - McKenna has a good shot at it.
There's a good chance the GOP will have the majority in the Senate after next year, so reelecting Cant-do-well would not such a big deal. Stick a fork in Rossi...
21. Pierce County Council has seven districts and has had a 5 -2 GOP majority since 2009.
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