October 30, 2012
Which Newspaper Endorsed Jay Inslee?

If you have been listening to the campaign commercials, you have probably heard that Rob McKenna has 12 newspaper endorsements, and former congressman Jay Inslee, just 1.

Which made me wonder, which newspaper endorsed Inslee.

It's the Olympian.

Their reasons are instructive.

Here are what I consider the two key paragraphs in their endorsement:

Democrats have controlled the governor's office for 28 years, and created a whole generation of state workers who have never worked for a Republican. That works against McKenna in a region dominated by state employees.

McKenna's promise to bring radical change and reform to state government, while appealing to some, creates an employment uncertainty that won't charm the majority of rank-and-file government workers or top agency managers casting South Sound ballots.

Unlike the Olympian, I believe many of our state employees, even many of those who work in Olympia, would like to work for someone as competent and as progressive — in the true sense of the word — as Rob McKenna.

But I will admit that the writer of the editorial almost certainly knows more of those employees than I do, so their unflattering portrait may have some truth to it.

Incidentally, they end by saying, not that Inslee would be best for our state, but that he would be best for Thurston County.

(The editorial says that Inslee "grew up" in Yakima.  That can't be entirely true, since he was born in Seattle, and graduated from Ingraham High School.  Anyone know how much time he spent growing up in Yakima?)

Posted by Jim Miller at October 30, 2012 02:54 PM | Email This
1. When I lived in Yakima in the 80s and 90s he was a state rep there and very popular.So he has spent time there but I wouldnt necessarily say he grew up there.I think he moved to the puget sound area knowing he had no future in politics unless he got somewhere where the population was large enough to get him elected whichever way he went.He would seem to be a lifelong politician so I am sure he would carry on the tradition of tax and spend like most westsiders want.

Posted by: Don on October 30, 2012 03:48 PM
2. If practicing law for 10 years and then being a state representative is "growing up", then Inslee spent approx. 14 years in the Yakima area.

The Olympian claim is nothing more than wishful thinking to make a career politician palatable outside the Western Washington Vortex.

Posted by: FurryGuy on October 30, 2012 04:01 PM
3. When he lost his congressional seat in Yakima he acted like a big baby, so I would say he didn't do much growing up there.

Posted by: Moondoggie on October 30, 2012 04:25 PM
4. I personally like the fact that he worked his way through college operating a dozer and wearing a jean-shirt. The good man got me a very interesting tour of the White House and Congress a few years back and my family and I appreciated that. Alas, we didn't like it enough to sway our vote, tho...if you know what I mean.
As a state governor, Inslee makes a good dozer operator. :)
...and, Oh btw: the Olympian is 'sort of' a newspaper. ;)

Posted by: Duffman on October 30, 2012 04:57 PM
5. If you have been listening to the campaign commercials, you have probably heard that Rob McKenna has 12 newspaper endorsements, and former congressman Jay Inslee, just 1.

Darned liberal media! I'm sure the folks here planning to vote for McKenna enjoy knowing The Seattle Times agrees with their choice.

The Times editorial board shows their keen knowledge of how our government works:

Unlike a legislative post, it [The Attorney General's office] is a management job,

Congressmen apparently do not have staffs, do not write budgets, are not responsible for how money is spent, and so forth. Did the Times' un-named editorialists reveal what color the sky is in their world?

Posted by: tensor on October 30, 2012 08:01 PM
6. @ tensor

Comparing the management duties of a state-elected official with more than 1100 FTEs in his agency - as well as being the state's top lawyer - with some back-bench legislator amongst a group of 435 shows just how effin' stupid you are.

Posted by: jimg on October 30, 2012 10:55 PM
7. It is interesting that given the "Logic" for making the Inslee choice by the OLYMPIAN, that they completely ignore Inslee's own statement that he would be " A Distruptive Force" in Olympia. Is it that they know him soo well that they really realize that he represents the status quo?

Posted by: Smokie on October 31, 2012 06:42 AM
8. @6 -- So, then-Attorney-General Gregoire was far more qualified than Rossi? It's a silly argument, made by silly people, who have been making silly arguments in support of right-wing candidates and causes (Linda Smith's re-election, 1996; Clinton's resignation, 1998) for a long time. That Seattle's actual voters -- including many of the Times' own readers -- routinely ignore or contradict these silly claims shows how little serious weight we give them.

Posted by: tensor on October 31, 2012 08:19 AM
9. Dimebag: "In short, if you don't see it my way, you're... silly."

THAT'S the "Spirit of Diversity" we love amongst our fringe-left brethren! Respect for ALL points of view.

Well, all that agree with Dimebag, anyway.

Don't worry about it, Dimebag. McKenna as governor will be a seamless transition from the democrat regime to a pseudo-democrat RINO who never allowed a conservative thought; like bringing state employee unions to heel, for example; to enter that leftist head of his.


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Posted by: coco chanel on November 3, 2012 07:18 PM
11. In short, if you don't see it my way, you're... silly.

Yes, it's very silly to ignore Gregoire's experience as AG, then insist that McKenna's identical experience is a deciding factor. If you know of anyone who has done that, please pass along my message to them. Thanks!

Respect for ALL points of view.

That has *never* been what we liberal have meant by "diversity"; in fact, it's almost the opposite. We have always argued that an opinion should be judged on its own merits, not by the skin color, number of Y-chromosomes, religious background, or place of birth of the speaker of said opinion. Conversely, contrary-to-fact beliefs should be ignored, no matter how rich, white, or male the proponent of said beliefs. Hence our failure to follow the recommendations of the Times' editorial board: Blethen may be rich, white, and male, but that does not automatically make him correct.

And try not to be too hard on McKenna. He knows perfectly well that following a true right-wing agenda will swiftly end the career of any local elected official.

Posted by: tensor on November 5, 2012 09:06 PM
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