July 30, 2013
Schlicher decides "26th District moderate" isn't his style
As the only legislative race that matters on the ballot this year, the Olympia-centered crowd is hanging on every utterance and every campaign finance report from appointed Democratic Senator Nathan Schlicher and his challenger, Republican Rep. Jan Angel. Both candidates are going far beyond the 26th District to look for financial and organizational support from traditional allies.
When Democratic precinct committee officers selected Schlicher as their top choice to replace now-Congressman Derek Kilmer, it seemed a conscious decision to advance a Kilmer II. Like Kilmer, the bespectacled Schlicher is well-educated, has young kids, and projects a sort of nerdy do-gooder image.
Schlicher is not seeking to cultivate the same moderate image that worked so well for Kilmer, though, as evidenced by his recent speech to the Washington State Labor Council. Kilmer and his fellow 26th District Democrat, Rep. Larry Seaquist, succeeded electorally as moderate, not-too-strident Democrats, the kind willing to consider business-friendly measures to improve the state's economy. This can be seen in the voting records of Kilmer and Seaquist during the most difficult budget years of 2009-2011, when Kilmer's voting percentage on labor council priorities dipped as low as 50%, and Seaquist's went as low as 45% -- reliable Democrats, but not lock-step Democrats.
Delegates to the labor council convention rose to their feet for Schlicher after their president, Jeff Johnson, highlighted Schlicher's "100% labor voting record" on union priorities in the Senate and told the hall that "we have to win this seat." Schlicher, a doctor-lawyer who is married to another doctor, addressed the union members in an open collar and no jacket (a jes' plain folks approach reminiscent of the cowboy boots Jay Inslee is sure to break out of the closet for labor council meetings) and gave the audience red meat attacks on big business and promises that his support was from "people, not corporations," while Angel was receiving "$1,800 checks from every big business in the state." In the broad brush that is Schlicher's style, he told delegates that "Every big business says that money is more important than people. Well our side is going to prove that difference." What that means is anybody's guess.
Where Schlicher's speech really stood out, though, was in his heroic torching of straw men and his reliance on short memories for his assertions. He told the delegates in a serious tone, "We have underinvested in education for far too long as a state. Far too long." With Democrats dominating Olympia for most of the last three decades, it's not clear where he wants to place blame for that -- but presumably not on his own party.
And listeners beware anytime a politician helpfully paraphrases the opposition. He continued on education funding: "I'm amazed every time I hear my friends across the aisle say, 'We spend the most money on education. We spend too much.'" Is that what they have been saying? Republicans were united this year on additional funding to meet the state Supreme Court's McCleary mandate, and their "fund education first" mantra is popular with voters.
Schlicher added, "There are too many things we're failing at [does Olympia's dominant party have anything to do with those failures?] to say just efficiency will solve our problems" [hey, didn't Jay Inslee campaign on the idea that lean management was going to solve all of our problems?], and instead wants to "improve our revenue stream" [raise taxes] and "care about people rather than businesses." Notably absent from Schlicher's speech was what he might do for those "people rather than businesses" who need growing businesses for new employment opportunities. The Olympia crowd might be wondering about that, too.
Posted by Adam Faber at July 30, 2013
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"And listeners beware anytime a politician helpfully paraphrases the opposition."
Yes, it sounds ludicrous:
"...hey, didn't Jay Inslee campaign on the idea that lean management was going to solve all of our problems?"
You might want to warn the author of that last one; his stuff reads a lot like it written by a mendacious politicall hack.
3. Good link, Shanhai Dan. tensor, "mendacious politicall (sic) hack" is powerful but it brings the image of Governor Inslee to mind... be careful with that.
Don't worry, tensor or one of the other liberal posters will come in to further refine the message so that Inslee never even mentioned lean management or any benefit from such thing.
Or they'll just ignore their error in the first place...
Adam says, "And listeners beware anytime a politician helpfully paraphrases the opposition."
As caught by Tensor, we should probably beware Adam's helpful "solve all our problem's" swipe at Inslee at the end of a very boring post.
Interestingly, on the WSRP site it's the even more mendacious "saviour of government". Another case of hackery which "helpfully paraphrases the opposition". Our own Dan joins in with "saving government". With weak stuff like that Dan probably has to work for a living. No wingnut welfare checks for him.
"ignore their error in the first place"
Maybe, maybe not, but the gist of Tensor's comment is most certainly being ignored. Eh, or perhaps it went over your heads.
For my part, I take note of the heightened state of GOP hackery following the recently announced rollout of Inslee's program this month. The WSRP also tries to misprepresent Gregoire's program and Inslee's as being the same. Her program was oriented towards reduction of waste while Inslee's is strategic planning, which is more like asking if things are worth doing.
Apparently Democrats rolling out a program to reassess the worth of some of the things our state government has been doing can cause Republican hack's head to explode.
"liberal posters will come in to further refine the message so that Inslee never even mentioned lean management or any benefit from such thing"
Olympian headline from July 16th, "Gov. Inslee's promised Lean push gets preview; details due in August as Results Washington".
I don't know about Democrats hiding but if a headline like that won't cue the GOP hacks at WSRP and Sound Politics to take the mendacity to a higher level, what on earth will? I was actually impressed with how Adam slipped it in there. Unfortunately for Adam, it was at the end of a very boring post and so it was probably missed by everybody on the entire planet except for Tensor.
Do you have anything to add other than invectives and insults?
7. If you don't mind my asking, which is it you're doing this time, Dan, whining or crying?
Neither. Just making an observation. Does it offend you that I pointed out your childish and churlish behavior?
Question: did Inslee actually intimate and claim that lean management would save the State money? That no one has tried it so far - implying that he would?
9. Jay Inslee had to "refine" his lean management claim... It was one thing he trumpeted as saving Government.
Here's what your link actually quotes Mr. Inslee as saying:
"There is no reason on this green Earth that we have not embraced the efficiency measures in state government that have been so successful in private enterprise," said Inslee, adding "these have not been used under any predecessor, Republican or Democrat."
Please tell us where your "saving Government" claim originated. Or are you just going to refine your messagefurther -- because any hope we might ignore your error has now vanished.
Tensor, "Please tell us where your "saving Government" claim originated."
We can add to that Adam's "solve all our problems" and the WSRP's "saviour of government". More cases of hackery which "helpfully paraphrases the opposition". Except for it being enough to send Dan into a fit of childish and churlish behaviour, it's really no big deal.
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"You can read about Jay's plan to modernize - rebuild - Government here. He was running on a platform of rebuilding Government to make it a 21st century Government, to avoid the failures of the past."
Adjusting your message, I see. How about quoting Mr. Inslee saying, much less "trumpeting," anything about "...saving Government." Show ALL of your work, or no credit.