Index of entries from May 2008
May 31, 2008
State GOP Convention
by Eric Earling, 07:04 PM, 139 Comments
I'm not in Spokane this weekend, because a) it's the Kan, b) the convention isn't a contested one, and c) my $0 blogging salary means my interest in forking over the personal coin to visit such a luxurious locale isn't... [read more]

Losing Dem VP Nominees Against Obama
by pudge, 08:42 AM, 34 Comments
If Obama wins the nomination, we'll have enough people -- two: Geraldine Ferraro and Joe Lieberman -- to start a new organization called LDVPNAO: Losing Democratic Vice Presidential Nominees Against Obama. I know John Edwards won't join, and Lloyd Bentsen... [read more]

May 30, 2008
The KUOW Gang Of Four Gets Even More Partisan
by Jim Miller, 05:10 PM, 15 Comments
Those who have followed this occasional series will recall that the show seldom has much partisan balance.  But with the Democratic nomination contest approaching an end, and the general election contest starting up, the gang has become even more partisan.... [read more]

Honestly, McClellan
by pudge, 01:23 PM, 16 Comments
A video, apropos of nothing in particular, but it made me laugh to make it: It seems to me that Scott McClellan's main point is that Bush and the White House were dishonest in how they communicated: spinning facts and... [read more]

May 29, 2008
Nagging Liberal Bias in the Press
by Eric Earling, 10:01 PM, 42 Comments
Following-up to our recent discussion about unintended bias in the media, it's worth noting an independent study finds that John McCain can't seem to catch a break now that he's the GOP nominee. This for the man who set the... [read more]

Status Quo Inertia on Display
by Eric Earling, 09:51 PM, 17 Comments
If you are weary of the seeming inability of this region and state to deal constructively with pressing problems, you found today's op-ed in the Seattle Times by Christine Gregoire, Ron Sims, and Greg Nickels to be somewhat revolting. The... [read more]

ACORN Watch
by Eric Earling, 09:17 PM, 63 Comments
The fraudulent folks of ACORN are in the news again (remember the antics they were actually caught doing in our area?). Stanley Kurtz at the National Review gives them an updated and interesting look that is worth some examination.... [read more]

Congratulations To The Sierra Club
by Jim Miller, 07:54 PM, 16 Comments
And to former vice president Al Gore, Senator Maria Cantwell, New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, and many, many others.  They have achieved, at least temporarily, what they have been working toward for decades. Before I say why I am... [read more]

Christine, Christine, Christine
by pudge, 04:54 PM, 14 Comments
"Christine, Christine, Christine" is a love song about Washington's Governor, Christine Gregoire. You can download the MP3 audio of the song or watch the video:... [read more]

May 28, 2008
A Story That Will Be Staying With Us
by Eric Earling, 10:17 PM, 50 Comments
Last night I mentioned an issue that we'll see again before the Presidential race is done. Add another one to the list. Barack Obama seems more interested in meeting with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than David Petraeus. McCain has started lacing into... [read more]

"An accuracy rate that any bank would envy"
by Eric Earling, 09:55 PM, 8 Comments
A new twist to an old favorite: King County must take "rapid and forceful action" to bring its troubled $4.5 billion investment pool up to industry standards, an advisory panel will tell the Metropolitan King County Council today. [snip] The... [read more]

The Apocalypse is Coming
by Eric Earling, 09:47 PM, 2 Comments
I start thinking that whenever life teeters on the edge of becoming an Onion article.... [read more]

"Climate Change" Politics in the Evergreen State
by Eric Earling, 07:31 AM, 72 Comments
David Postman has some coverage of Dino Rossi's recent statements on "global warming" and environmental policy that bear some additional discussion. Postman seems to detect a shift in Rossi's thinking where it's unclear such a change exists: But Rossi has... [read more]

May 27, 2008
How Not To Become a Party Leader
by Eric Earling, 11:52 PM, 27 Comments
In discussing Republican VP stakes, one of the issues at hand, especially given McCain's age, is who becomes a future leader of the party as well. Current Governors like Tim Pawlenty, Bobby Jindal, and Sarah Palin are clearly going to... [read more]

P-I Editorial Board: Call your office!
by Eric Earling, 11:07 PM, 8 Comments
The liberals of Elliot Ave are fond of lecturing us that Iran isn't really a threat to the United States or the West, the mullahcracy is simply misunderstand...or something like that (past coverage here, here, and here). Perhaps recent confirmation... [read more]

The Pastor Issue
by Eric Earling, 10:42 PM, 28 Comments
Largely lost in the shuffle of the release of John McCain's medical records, his wife's most recent tax returns, and all the usual Memorial Day coverage was McCain's rejection of Pastors John Hagee and Rod Parsley. Based on the circumstances... [read more]

The Revolving Door Between the Media & Democrats
by Eric Earling, 09:40 PM, 16 Comments
KING-5 political reporter Robert Mak is the latest to take the plunge from journalist to political operative, signing on as Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels' Communications Director. Recall that Seattle Times reporter Alex Fryer jumped to Mayor Nickels' team in 2007,... [read more]

A Streetcar Named Undesirable
by Jim Miller, 01:56 PM, 34 Comments
Last December, at considerable expense, Seattle started a new streetcar line.  (Which immediately acquired an unfortunate nickname.)  The streetcar has been a great success — except that almost no one wants to ride it. In fact, ridership is almost exactly... [read more]

Catching Up on Your Reading
by Eric Earling, 07:42 AM, 30 Comments
Notable stories, if you missed them over the holiday weekend: 1) The Seattle Times profiled both state party spokespersons, including former blogger and current WSRP wearer of many hats, Patrick Bell (P.S. does Steele look like a non-obese Michael Moore?).... [read more]

Rossi v. Gregoire: the Environment
by Eric Earling, 07:36 AM, 26 Comments
Chris McGann gives it fair coverage in the P-I. The key difference - as many an observer can already guess: Gregoire is for mandates, Rossi prefers incentives. Examples: 1) Gregoire takes credit for the fact she "pushed for and signed... [read more]

New to the Blogosphere...
by Eric Earling, 07:11 AM, 0 Comments
...and likely to become a regular read, the Next Right, a product of Patrick Ruffini, Soren Dayton, and Jon Henke; representing the next generation of conservative leadership and activism. Check it out.... [read more]

Ron Hebron Had A Serious Bicycle Accident
by Jim Miller, 05:55 AM, 6 Comments
You can wish him well in the comments here.  Or, even better, you can email him directly. He has my best wishes for a complete, and rapid, recovery. (Incidentally, I read his blog regularly and often learn something from it.)... [read more]

May 25, 2008
Congratulations to NASA
by Jim Miller, 07:34 PM, 26 Comments
For the successful landing of the Phoenix Mars Probe.  The lander is already sending back pictures, some of which you can see here.  (At least for now.) And congratulations to Aerojet Redmond, which built the retrorockets for the lander.... [read more]

Sewer of Corruption (XLVI)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:15 PM, 21 Comments
"Mistake sends raw sewage into Ravenna Creek"An estimated 8 million gallons of raw sewage has poured into Ravenna Creek after county crews mistakenly diverted it into a Seattle storm drain, a King County spokeswoman said Saturday. The sewage has overflowed... [read more]

Democrats: "We voted for it, but we didn't mean it"
by pudge, 08:42 AM, 17 Comments
It's nothing new that politicians won't take responsibility for their own actions. But the drumbeat for months has been that in Florida, it is the fault of Republicans that the primary was moved up, and that the Democratic voters and... [read more]

May 22, 2008
Another Long Weekend Activity
by Eric Earling, 10:00 PM, 41 Comments
Per Bruce Ramsey, take this civics test. Your quirky blogger scored a 95%, missing two I just didn't know and another I probably should have. Good luck.... [read more]

The VP Stakes
by Eric Earling, 09:53 PM, 73 Comments
With the VP nomination talk rapidly escalating and with this blogger about to depart for a short Memorial Day adventure, let's open things up to hear your thoughts on the prospective partner for John McCain on the GOP ticket. First,... [read more]

Down Ballot Democratic Schism
by Eric Earling, 09:42 PM, 14 Comments
Democratic House Majority Leader Lynn Kessler won't be endorsing Democratic AG contender and Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg this year. Two takeaways: 1) Current Attorney General Rob McKenna's work with Kessler while in office demonstrates his ability to work with... [read more]

Greg Nickels: "Do as I say, not as I do"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:52 AM, 80 Comments
Today's Seattle Times reports that Greg Nickels (he of the 100-mile-a-day tax-payer-funded chauffeured limousine), is again telling the little people to drive less often:"If we all pause before we make a car trip, we can make a difference," Nickels said... [read more]

May 21, 2008
Forging an Energy Policy for the Future
by Eric Earling, 10:55 PM, 27 Comments
Combining passages from two pieces in today's Seattle Times does much to offer a vision for where the GOP needs to go on energy policy. First, a story on the challenging quest for private oil companies to find reserves not... [read more]

Re: When Life Plays to Stereotype
by Eric Earling, 07:55 PM, 13 Comments
More on that low value ad from a GOP Congressman in Missouri: per Cillizza, the Democratic candidate has a response. First, the original: Now, the response: Debates like that are not the way to turn this election year around for... [read more]

Urban Liberal Bubble Watch
by Eric Earling, 07:41 PM, 24 Comments
David Horsey has some thoughts on what constitutes the "heartland" of America. Sadly, they are what one would expect from an urban liberal. On one hand, Horsey makes an excellent point: The fact is, most Americans don't live in small... [read more]

Karma Strikes Congress
by Eric Earling, 07:18 PM, 4 Comments
The atrocious farm bill has a revised and extended opportunity to be pummeled for being the bad piece of legislation that it is. Heh.... [read more]

Yet, More on Hanford
by Eric Earling, 07:13 PM, 5 Comments
The PolitickerWA.com site has more coverage of Obama's Hanford gaffe, noting the general displeasure of the locals, as well as this: Local Democrats maintain that Obama's policies on Hanford cleanup, despite his ignorance of the issue, would be better suited... [read more]

No, Former Army Chaplain James Yee Was Not Exonerated
by Jim Miller, 12:42 PM, 28 Comments
Even though the Associated Press says so. The Associated Press is up to their usual tricks with this one.  According to our post back on March 20, 2004, Yee was certainly not exonerated or cleared; the charges were dropped, according... [read more]

Re: Chugging Along
by Eric Earling, 07:28 AM, 22 Comments
An earlier post on Dino Rossi's donors purposefully didn't include much commentary, in part out of interest in seeing how readers digests the information. To put the numbers in perspective, both Rossi and Christine Gregoire are well on their way... [read more]

May 20, 2008
An Odd Republican Filter
by Eric Earling, 10:35 PM, 42 Comments
Readers from 2006 may recall regular commenter John McDonald, the arch-conservative whose anti-Dave Reichert animus rivals that of the netroots, albeit from a different ideological direction. McDonald cheered for Reichert's defeat, which alas, didn't work out so well for him.... [read more]

Winning Ugly
by Eric Earling, 10:02 PM, 19 Comments
Barack Obama made headlines tonight for securing a near certain lead in pledged delegates, but did so with another Tuesday night spent showcasing his ability to get skunked outside of urban areas. are not supposed to be the stuff of... [read more]

More on Hanford
by Eric Earling, 09:41 PM, 0 Comments
In addition to pudge's coverage of Hanford below, friend of Sound Politics Tim Goddard has some additional insight as well. Comments for this post disabled to keep the discussion in pudge's thread.... [read more]

When Life Plays to Stereotype
by Eric Earling, 09:32 PM, 6 Comments
Via Ambinder, TNR says this is the "worst political ad of the year": Well, it certainly deserves an entry. It's as if Republican losses in the three special elections this year, and the resulting lessons learned, never occurred. Let's assume... [read more]

A Legend In Twilight
by Eric Earling, 09:14 PM, 14 Comments
Jim Geraghty offers a succinct, gut reaction to the news of Ted Kennedy's health today, including a brief depiction of Kennedy's Senate office: "It's like a museum of the second half of the last century." Whatever one thinks of the... [read more]

Obama: "I voted for it, before I forgot what it was"
by pudge, 07:36 PM, 24 Comments
A fun video from Peter Cowman of MoveRed.org about Obama's Hanford flub has been posted on Hot Air. But this is where the story gets interesting: Obama actually voted on cleanup for Hanford. Oops. NB: the Hot Air story refers... [read more]

Democrats Being Nasty
by Jim Miller, 03:47 PM, 21 Comments
To fellow Democrats. When Shannon de Rubens, a stay-at-home mom, wears her Hillary Rodham Clinton button, she expects to be harassed.  A woman in Bellevue [Washington] even pretended to spit on her once.  That's all part of the game, when... [read more]

Trade as a General Election Issue
by Eric Earling, 07:36 AM, 16 Comments
I've said before it would be unlikely that trade will be a major issue in the Presidential campaign. That's still probably true, but for a couple reasons it could still be a significant one. As a straight issue, the economic... [read more]

May 19, 2008
Chugging Along
by Eric Earling, 08:19 PM, 38 Comments
Contributor thresholds, as announced by Dino Rossi's campaign: April 2 - 26,000th donor April 10 - 27,000th donor April 21 - 28,000th donor April 25 - 29,000th donor April 30 - 30,000th donor May 6 - 31,000th donor May 8... [read more]

"Serious Threat" or Serious Candidate?
by Eric Earling, 08:07 PM, 71 Comments
Barack Obama gave John McCain a huge gift today, declaring Iran not to be a "serious threat" to the United States. Given the opportunity to extend a debate on national security matters, John McCain understandably leaped. In the bigger picture,... [read more]

Yep, the Campaign Trail is Tough
by Eric Earling, 07:06 PM, 60 Comments
Barack Obama recently got stumped talking about Hanford: The topic has been picked up locally and nationally. On one hand it wouldn't be fair to hold a Presidential candidate coming off of months of a mind-numbing campaign schedule for knowing... [read more]

Appeasement redux
by Eric Earling, 07:41 AM, 106 Comments
Bruce Ramsey has a follow-up post to his original discussion of appeasement that caught Stefan's attention as well as that of a number of national blogs, including HotAir. I'll have more to say on this later as a broader point... [read more]

The e-Campaign
by Eric Earling, 07:18 AM, 1 Comments
I love this post from Patrick Ruffini, talking about the way to handle supporter contacts via email. His presumption that McCain's short-staffed campaign may well be responsible for that campaign's related weakness is probably a good one. And McCain's own... [read more]

May 18, 2008
Polling Giddiness
by Eric Earling, 10:04 PM, 24 Comments
It's really hard to overstate how thrilled a number of Democrats were to see a Rasmussen poll last week showing Christine Gregoire with an 11 point lead over Dino Rossi, up from a one point lead in March. A note... [read more]

McCain's Potential Troubles
by Eric Earling, 09:43 PM, 34 Comments
We've given much talk here recently to some potential weaknesses facing Barack Obama in the fall. In part, there is value to having such discussion even as some Obama supporters whistle past Dixie, proclaiming all to be ok. Meanwhile, John... [read more]

Electoral College Preview
by Eric Earling, 08:31 PM, 3 Comments
With all the talk in recent weeks previewing Electoral College variables in the fall campaign it has been difficult to find a sensible yet thorough examination of the issue. Bill Richardson's former pollster finally offers one at Salon, even with... [read more]

Gary Chittim, Ignorance, and Bias
by pudge, 11:51 AM, 32 Comments
Last year I wrote a piece criticizing reporter Gary Chittim of KING-5 in Seattle, exposing his bias in uncritically, and ignorantly, accepting the claims of "environmentalists." At the time what set me off was his blind acceptance, and repetition, of... [read more]

"Change" == "Chewbacca"
by pudge, 10:01 AM, 20 Comments
In an infamous episode of South Park, famed attorney Johnnie Cochrane used the Chewbacca defense to win a civil case about who wrote a pop song. The case had nothing to do with Star Wars or Chewbacca, but Cochrane makes... [read more]

May 17, 2008
Mainstream Republican Observations: Part III
by Eric Earling, 08:09 PM, 53 Comments
Today's media panel was diverse yet concordant in many areas. Wenatchee World Editorial Editor Tracy Warner, Seattle P-I columnist Joel Connelly, Seattle Times editorial writer Kate Riley, KVI host Kirby Wilbur, and TNT columnist Peter Callaghan were the assembled media... [read more]

Mainstream Republican Observations: Part II
by Eric Earling, 07:26 PM, 11 Comments
My own concerns with Dave Reichert's re-elect chances have been stated, but one takeaway from the Cascade Conference was a reminder of how much of Reichert's strength lies in traits not often expressed in the traditional campaign grind of poll... [read more]

Mainstream Republican Observations: Part I
by Eric Earling, 06:27 PM, 10 Comments
I attended part of the Mainstream Republican's Cascade Conference today and will have a couple posts on specific issues forthcoming. But first, some general observations: 1) As usual, the crowd has too many old people...or better put, not enough young... [read more]

Ron Paul: "Republican"?
by Eric Earling, 05:46 PM, 71 Comments
With the GOP nomination all but official, I'm hesitant to weigh in on one issue surrounding Ron Paul: his Republican bona fides. Yet, some of his supporters earnestly insist that he really does agree with his fellow Republicans on most... [read more]

May 16, 2008
Um. What? Didn't you just ... ?
by pudge, 09:47 PM, 36 Comments
From a CNN article: WATERTOWN, South Dakota (CNN) -- Sen. Barack Obama linked Sen. John McCain Friday with what he called "the failed policies" of the Bush administration, accusing the presumed Republican presidential nominee and the White House of "bombastic... [read more]

Barack Obama's one explanation for everything
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:28 PM, 37 Comments
The NYT's David Brooks explains Barack Obama's position on Hezbollah:[Obama says] the U.S. should help the Lebanese government deliver better services to the Shiites "to peel support away from Hezbollah" and encourage the local populace to "view them as an... [read more]

Bruce Ramsey: "Hitler's demands were not unreasonable"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:17 PM, 74 Comments
Seattle Times editorial writer Bruce Ramsey on the Times editorial blog today:Democrats are rebuking President Bush for saying in his speech to the Knesset, here, that to "negotiate with terrorists and radicals" is "appeasement." The Democrats took it as a... [read more]

Pushback against the PC crowd
by Eric Earling, 07:32 AM, 10 Comments
Interesting thoughts from David Horsey this morning. Really. And here's that Westneat column he refers to but which the laws of competition might forbid him from linking too. Interesting reading as well.... [read more]

A Victory for the Nanny State
by Eric Earling, 07:22 AM, 42 Comments
It's still a crime to play online poker in this state, at least for cash. The legal logic in upholding the law is understandable, the purpose of passing it to begin with is much less so. Past local criticism is... [read more]

May 15, 2008
Lands Commissioner Update
by Eric Earling, 09:40 PM, 5 Comments
Doug Sutherland had a highly competitive race in 2004, thanks in part to heavy environmental group spending against him. Netroots favorite Peter Goldmark is picking up the D banner this year. The TNT's Political Buzz blog has an update: Sutherland... [read more]

Hopes for This Year
by Eric Earling, 08:14 PM, 24 Comments
With the atrocious farm bill (more here and here) moving through Congress with minimal GOP opposition - kudos to Dave Reichert for opposing it - my aspirations for this election season may have been crystallized: 1) Hope John McCain, the... [read more]

Move Along, Nothing to See Here
by Eric Earling, 07:29 PM, 34 Comments
There is an interesting trend unfolding on some corners of the left, as certain supporters of Barack Obama earnestly insist he doesn't have problems with white, working class voters, especially outside of Appalachia. This is a bit like a right-of-center... [read more]

Green vs. Green
by DonWard, 04:39 PM, 23 Comments
"Cheap" backyard compost bins are being made available by Seattle Public Utilities so residents can compost food scraps and grass clippings. It's a nice, easy way to do your part to save the environment. Farmers and industries still need to... [read more]

60 Million Dead?  No Big Deal
by Jim Miller, 02:05 PM, 0 Comments
This morning I was listening, briefly, to local talk show host Dave Ross.  Ross is what you might call a member of the Defeat Now! caucus.  He wants an American defeat in Iraq, and he wants it now.  I came... [read more]

Nader at UW
by DonWard, 11:05 AM, 12 Comments
Perennial presidential candidate Ralph Nader visited Seattle yesterday speaking before 400 supporters at the University of Washington and garnering little media attention. (For some reason "Microsoft Word automatically inserts the word "perennial" in front of Nader's name whenever you type... [read more]

May 14, 2008
What Fundraising & Such Really Mean
by Eric Earling, 10:09 PM, 35 Comments
Some commenters at this post missed the real point of the thread by asserting that fundraising in and of itself really doesn't matter. True, on one level. The point in this case, however, is that fundraising is one measure by... [read more]

Keep It Civil
by Eric Earling, 09:55 PM, 97 Comments
It has come to my attention that regular commenter "Unkl Witz" has called into question the armed services bona fides of fellow commenter "True Soldier" in scurrilous terms (see #33 here and #13 here) Allow me to do a rare... [read more]

Put Some Perspective on that Celebration
by Eric Earling, 09:38 PM, 12 Comments
Some members of the left and the Democratic Party are quite pleased with things after last night's special election win in Mississippi (example here). Understandable, but a bit of perspective has been lost. So much so that even Josh Feit... [read more]

Welcome to the Northwest, Red County!
by Eric Earling, 07:01 PM, 7 Comments
Right-of-center website and magazine Red County has branched out into our lovely backyard with a Washington State offering. From talking with them, it looks like one can expect focused coverage of the Governor's race as well as state initiatives too...plus... [read more]

McCain in North Bend 2.0
by DonWard, 10:10 AM, 56 Comments
Here are some more excerpts from Sen. John McCain's environmental roundtable discussion yesterday in North Bend. Global Warming "Suppose that we who believe that climate change is real are wrong. Suppose that all the scientific data that is being accumulated... [read more]

The Evidence Keeps Coming
by Eric Earling, 07:31 AM, 26 Comments
Not only has Dino Rossi already surpassed his donor total from 2004. Not only is he raising money at a brisk pace against a Democratic incumbent (PDC reports as of the end of April show Gregoire with about $3.7 million... [read more]

Re: Got Message?
by Eric Earling, 07:22 AM, 29 Comments
Follow-up to this post: Last night's special election results in Mississippi confirm that yes, indeed, the generic GOP message is exceptionally bad these days. It had already grown stale by 2006, even before the Duke Cunningham's and Mark Foley's of... [read more]

May 13, 2008
West Virginia...Dude!
by Eric Earling, 09:05 PM, 37 Comments
That 39% point beating Hillary Clinton laid on Barack Obama today looks even worse when you realize another 7% of Democratic voters cast a ballot for uber-populist and hair cut client to the stars, John Edwards. So, in what amounted... [read more]

Clinton takes West Virginia
by DonWard, 04:49 PM, 13 Comments
Hardly a shock but Hillary Clinton looks like she's going to win West Virginia. As has been mentioned before by this writer what is particularly disgusting is the shameless efforts by members of the national media to push the former... [read more]

McCain in North Bend 1.0
by DonWard, 02:29 PM, 60 Comments
Just got back down the hill from Sen. John McCain's environmental roundtable today at Rattlesnake Lake outside of North Bend. Since I'm serving multiple masters at the moment a longer bit of analysis is in the writing... Knowing the Sound... [read more]

McCain Doesn't Know Public vs. Private?
by pudge, 11:16 AM, 37 Comments
Moonbats. This is the correct English word to use to describe people who blow up stupid things out of proportion, ignoring truth to push an ideological agenda. Take, for example, this Daily Kos article, wherein John McCain made a mistake.... [read more]

The Local Twist
by Eric Earling, 07:43 AM, 9 Comments
Much has been said nationally of Newsweek's recent coverage of Team Obama, plus Mark Salter's scathing response. For my money, Rich Lowry's overarching view of the episode explains the impact of the double standard the best. Newsweek's pro-Obama, liberal-stereotype-of-the-GOP-on-display work... [read more]

May 12, 2008
McCain's Visit Makes Mockery of Democratic Attacks
by Eric Earling, 07:49 PM, 67 Comments
Patrick Ruffini - like this blogger, no great fan of John McCain - has a delightful rebuttal to the chosen message by which Democrats hope to pummel McCain in the coming months. The DNC, et. al. is going to tell... [read more]

Dig Deeper, Please
by Eric Earling, 07:37 PM, 51 Comments
Frequent commenter tc made a point earlier today that needs to be dissected, from comment #19 at this post on some of Obama's weakness. McCain needs to run a tighter ship for his campaign. The recent resignations of two of... [read more]

Did Somebody Drink My Kool-Aid?
by Eric Earling, 06:46 PM, 13 Comments
Coverage of Obama so bizarre it even raises an eyebrow over at the Stranger. Very cute.... [read more]

The Coming Grumpiness
by Eric Earling, 07:55 AM, 40 Comments
Whenever there is talk of inflation and the rising cost of basic staples there is inevitable concern for the well-being of working class folks and seniors on fixed incomes. These are demographics groups most obviously hit hard by sustained inflation... [read more]

The Camel's Nose of Public Financing
by Eric Earling, 06:53 AM, 13 Comments
Local activist and blogger Warren Peterson has been tracking King County's exploration of public financing of campaigns. Check it out (and note the hearing in Shoreline on the issue next Monday evening for those interested).... [read more]

May 11, 2008
Got Message?
by Eric Earling, 08:59 PM, 32 Comments
Much talk over this weekend of bad news a'coming for the GOP this fall. There is many a fair point to be had in such discussions, which seemed to rise in fervor after Newt Gingrich's five-alarm alert. Gingrich smartly outlines... [read more]

Obama's Weakness on Display
by Eric Earling, 08:28 PM, 75 Comments
Followers of this campaign season have no doubt encountered the phrase "Obamicans": those Republicans who have been supposedly drawn to Barack Obama's candidacy thanks to his inspirational qualities, the appeal of his new politics, and their disdain for President Bush.... [read more]

Ronulans Acting Like...Well, Ronulans - Upated & Bumped
by Eric Earling, 08:07 PM, 61 Comments
A loyal and trusted reader passes along a revealing site used by the Ron Paul faithful in the Evergreen State to organize for county conventions and such. Note in particular the "Convention Bullet Points": Do not wear Ron Paul Gear-... [read more]

Happy Mother's Day!
by Jim Miller, 12:37 PM, 1 Comments
To all the mothers out there.  This year, I don't have my usual mother duck to show you, nor even last year's flowers. But I do have tributes to mothers from four very different bloggers: "Babalu", who reminds us of... [read more]

May 10, 2008
Is Washington State a Presidential Battleground?
by Eric Earling, 09:02 PM, 39 Comments
The topic comes up in David Postman's coverage of an upcoming fundraising event for John McCain and related federal GOP efforts. Is anyone aware of any independent analyst who has said Washington state is expected to be a serious battleground... [read more]

Local Laugh Line of the Weekend
by Eric Earling, 08:48 PM, 14 Comments
From today's Seattle Times coverage of the commencement of official talks between Boeing and the Machinists Union: But [national Machinists Union President Tom] Buffenbarger dismissed out of hand one of Boeing's top goals: a proposal to switch new hires from... [read more]

May 09, 2008
Lies about McCain
by pudge, 09:38 AM, 114 Comments
I will be glad when the Democratic nomination fight is over, so we can focus more on the general election. Obama and Clinton are getting free rides on their far left platforms, while being free to frame the public perception... [read more]

AARP: "Let's Not Be Partisan! Or not!"
by pudge, 09:14 AM, 28 Comments
The AARP is pretending to be non-partisan with its "Divided We Fail Platform. The basic message is: "let's put partisanship aside, and just agree with the Democrats." Which, incidentally, is largely Barack Obama's basic message, come to think of it.... [read more]

Irreverent Friday Funnies
by Eric Earling, 07:44 AM, 11 Comments
This is probably more for the younger set though still delightful if your sense of humor is a bit twisted. I enjoyed the "cankles" reference. The thong reference was a bit more troubling. h/t: Savage.... [read more]

About that Cash
by Eric Earling, 07:32 AM, 13 Comments
Niki Sullivan over at the TNT's Political Buzz blog has offered a preliminary breakdown of the cash-on-hand situation for the Governor's race. By her calculations, Gregoire has $3.8 million after a boffo fundraising month, while Rossi keeps plugging along as... [read more]

May 08, 2008
Red Flag for the GOP
by Eric Earling, 08:43 PM, 81 Comments
The details of turnout - and consequent party-building efforts - during the Democrats' drawn-out primary process, coupled with Obama's grassroots voter registration/voter contact drive should be damn troubling to Republicans. Yes, Obama may receive an especially large beating among now... [read more]

Letter Of The Day
by Jim Miller, 02:52 PM, 32 Comments
From, coincidentally, Mercer Island.   As I am sure you know, a destructive cyclone has hit the nation long known as Burma.  According to news reports, as many as a hundred thousand may have been killed.  Many might have been... [read more]

Kansas, Or A Seattle Suburb?
by Jim Miller, 01:39 PM, 88 Comments
When Bill Clinton was presenting himself to the American public in 1992, he was described as "The Man from Hope", Hope, Arkansas, that is.  His supporters even made a movie with that title.  The Clinton campaign called him the Man... [read more]

May 07, 2008
About that Leadership Vacuum
by Eric Earling, 09:33 PM, 29 Comments
In an article at Crosscut discussing Greg Nickels' declining odds for running for statewide office (when were they ever much above zero to begin with?), Knute Berger asks this: If Seattle, with all the advantages (save the ball and chain... [read more]

The Starbucks Registration Whiff
by Eric Earling, 08:51 PM, 26 Comments
I wonder if Starbucks has an internet-triage policy for customer grumpiness like Comcast. Let's find out: It's no secret Starbucks isn't lighting the corporate world on fire these days. Rising gas and food prices leaving less family budget for $4... [read more]

A Very Bad Feeling
by Eric Earling, 08:45 PM, 47 Comments
That's what I have about Dave Reichert's race this year. And I can't shake it. As usual, in no small part thanks to the politics of his district, Reichert finds himself on prominent lists of endangered incumbents. Little surprise there... [read more]

Some Back-Story on McCain's NW visit
by Eric Earling, 07:57 PM, 20 Comments
So, John McCain is coming to our lovely land to talk about being green...and raise no small amount of cash. Inevitably, his messaging on this topic will annoy some conservatives, thus reminding them why they're not exactly bursting with excitement... [read more]

More Important than the Apple Cup
by Eric Earling, 07:01 PM, 3 Comments
Huskies beating the Cougs in the metric of collegiate student-athlete success that matter matters most. Heh.... [read more]

Looking Forward
by Eric Earling, 06:59 PM, 14 Comments
Last night I said Obama has essentially succeeded in winning the nomination without yet assembling the diversified base one usually needs to be competitive in November. My take was based on an examination of the primary (not caucus) states in... [read more]

See Anyone You Like?
by Eric Earling, 07:28 AM, 17 Comments
A couple non-incumbent candidates for the Legislature have caught my eye thus far this year and I'll spend some more time looking at them at a little later date. For now, I would welcome tips in the comments (or at... [read more]

May 06, 2008
Dean Logan, Is That You?
by Eric Earling, 10:18 PM, 68 Comments
Anyone still watching the cable networks at this hour from the lovely environs of the Puget Sound is noting that Lake County, Indiana is confirming that King County does not have a monopoly on aggravating election night performance. It's probably... [read more]

Aw, Shucks
by Eric Earling, 08:34 PM, 36 Comments
The bulk of our previously discussed "ifs" didn't come to pass tonight, other than Obama's continued but, in terms of tonight, not decisive weakness among non-affluent whites, Catholics, and rural voters. Clearly, he was able to mitigate those flaws with... [read more]

I Think You're Super, Superdelegate
by pudge, 12:37 PM, 25 Comments
I really don't care one way or another about the superdelegates. But when inspiration strikes, you gotta strike back. Hence, this ode, called, simply, "Superdelegate."... [read more]

Happier News Story of the Day
by Eric Earling, 07:32 AM, 6 Comments
Ron Judd's Olympics blog covers Spokane recently landing the 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and Olympic Trials. A nice get for "the Kan" and a forbearer of other such stories in the coming months related to world class athletes coming... [read more]

Aggravating News Story of the Day
by Eric Earling, 07:27 AM, 11 Comments
Bruce Ramsey adds some depth to a story that made this policy wonk grumpy when he read it. Collective sensibilities getting in the way of giving kids a good education. Very, very frustrating.... [read more]

Yep, It's a Bad Idea
by Eric Earling, 07:11 AM, 20 Comments
We now have local confirmation that the proposed gas tax "holiday" is not good policy. As if this state needs any additional harm given to its already under-equipped roads budget. State Rep. Doug Ericksen (R-42nd) says: "If they can eliminate... [read more]

May 05, 2008
Gov Race News
by Eric Earling, 10:00 PM, 22 Comments
There will be more to say about the previously discussed record-fundraising hauls being compiled by Dino Rossi and Christine Gregoire once the reports covering April are filed in the coming days. In the meantime, it's worth noting that the Rossi... [read more]

The Wife Factor
by Eric Earling, 09:49 PM, 49 Comments
Christopher Hitchens gets to a question I've been mulling for a while but really hasn't received much discussion: what role did Michelle Obama play in the family's twenty-year history of absorbing Jeremiah Wright? Let's be honest: it's not an uncommon... [read more]

More Unintended Comedy
by Eric Earling, 08:23 PM, 5 Comments
I completely understand the notion of combating the coarsening of our culture. As a parent of children ages 11 and 8, believe me I understand. But this tale of consumer outrage just doesn't seem to have much merit. Finding objectionable... [read more]

Unintended Comedy
by Eric Earling, 07:55 AM, 26 Comments
Danny Westneat offers an anecdote-rich view of trying to "go green" with the family automobile, confirming that whatever the merits of lessening dependence on oil, the current biofuel phenomenon appears headed toward its own entry in the unintended consequences hall... [read more]

Fruit of the Top 2 Primary
by Eric Earling, 07:49 AM, 4 Comments
It's already starting to take shape: serious Democratic competition for what now should otherwise be viewed as a safe Democratic seat. Partisan preferences and this specific race aside, the infusion of new blood and brainpower into Olympia has to be... [read more]

Hans Dunshee: "It's got electrolytes"
by pudge, 07:30 AM, 17 Comments
WA State Rep. Hans Dunshee (D-44) was on Up Front yesterday, defending pork projects. We have more than a $2 billion deficit for the next budget, and a Washington Policy Center -- the "Piglet Book" -- identified more than $160... [read more]

Best Part of a Long Campaign
by Eric Earling, 07:28 AM, 22 Comments
That would be watching the new variant of "blue on blue" friendly fire unfolding before our eyes. Who would have thought even a few months ago we'd see direct mail from Hillary Clinton bashing Barack Obama (with some punch!) on... [read more]

Primary Preferences and Nominations
by pudge, 07:08 AM, 9 Comments
When the Supreme Court decision in favor of the "Top Two" primary came out, which allows anyone to designate themselves a Republican or Democrat in the primary, I humbly suggested a somewhat crazy idea: About names. Why not create a... [read more]

May 03, 2008
Teetering on the edge
by Eric Earling, 01:26 PM, 47 Comments
I've said it already, Barack Obama is on the cusp of totally losing control of his campaign narrative. The media has begun to seriously clue into his flawed appeal with elements of the Democratic coalition, after seeing results in Ohio,... [read more]

Governor's Race Roundup
by Eric Earling, 10:46 AM, 51 Comments
Recent items of interest: 1) Fundraising Brisk money intake on both sides continues. Christine Gregoire raked in about a $1 million in April, fresh off her Legislative session freeze. Rossi pulled in another $625,000, in-line with the $636,000 average of... [read more]

Things That Make Me Cringe
by Eric Earling, 09:55 AM, 20 Comments
The man whose instincts seem at times on a permanent collision course with his own party's base is handling his own VP selection process? Prospects of a bad horror film, perhaps a Frankenstein-like concoction of Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman,... [read more]

May 1st, 2008 Immigrant Rights March in Seattle
by byrond, 12:55 AM, 16 Comments
Seattle had its 9th annual May Day march for immigrant rights Thursday, which of course you already knew if you work downtown and were trying to get home that night. You can see many more photos and my trip... [read more]

May 02, 2008
Holocaust Remembrance Day
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:49 AM, 33 Comments
Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Chava Alberstein and the Klezmatics- Mayn Shvester Khaye (Berlin, 2001) English lyrics here.... [read more]

Pre-Weekend Thoughts
by Eric Earling, 08:09 AM, 82 Comments
Some assorted ideas being bandied about inside my twisted skull as we wait for next Tuesday's results: 1) What a dead political season for the local scene. Consider it a bit of a calm before the storm given the Governor's... [read more]

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