Index of entries from September 2008
September 30, 2008
Who at the Seattle Times Watched that Ad?
by Eric Earling, 09:44 PM, 12 Comments
At the risk of sounding like a jerk, it may be a fair question to ask in the wake of today's Seattle Times story on an ad from Dino Rossi's campaign attacking Christine Gregoire's semantic denial about the state's looming... [read more]

Inching Toward a Financial Rescue Package
by Eric Earling, 08:00 PM, 21 Comments
Signs are starting to become more visible about just what the "credit crunch" that everyone should be concerned about means: For big companies to operate and grow, they need to borrow money. Typically, they do this by selling short-term and... [read more]

More OSPI coverage
by Eric Earling, 07:08 PM, 4 Comments
Peter Callaghan's take on the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction makes for an interesting read. I'm still undecided on who to vote for, though I encourage those with interest in the contest in any fashion to check out Callaghan's... [read more]

Now That's a Good Ad
by Eric Earling, 06:54 PM, 12 Comments
Loyal readers know this blogger is a real stickler when it comes to what does and does not constitute an effective political advertisements. This ad from New Hampshire's US Senate race is excellent: Perfect tone for a Republican running in... [read more]

Helpful Hint to Obama Supporters
by Eric Earling, 06:44 PM, 54 Comments
If you don't want people making fun of the messianic themes that keep creeping into your guy's campaign, DO NOT make videos like this: All that's missing is baby Obama in a manger. Dude... UPDATE: different embed of video provided.... [read more]

$3.2 billion deficit or not?
by Eric Earling, 07:16 AM, 89 Comments
Somebody doesn't want to talk about the state's looming budget deficit. It's obvious that's the case when Christine Gregoire's campaign demands the ad be pulled because it says "deficit" rather than "projected deficit." Watch the ad yourself, noting that it... [read more]

Any Honest "Mainstream" Journalists In This Area?
by Jim Miller, 05:54 AM, 0 Comments
Yesterday, Instapundit Glenn Reynolds published this post on bias in the newsrooms.  Here's the message he received from a mainstream journalist: A READER AT A MAJOR NEWSROOM EMAILS: "Off the record, every suspicion you have about MSM being in the... [read more]

September 29, 2008
You Can Afford It
by pudge, 09:00 PM, 74 Comments
One of the most offensive things that a politician can say to you is that it's OK for government to take what's yours because "you can afford it." Obama's used that exact language, and it's, in simplest and most direct... [read more]

Disaster? Maybe.
by Eric Earling, 08:22 PM, 66 Comments
It is hard to understate how bad the political fallout could be from today's events for Republicans. There are a lot of very plausible scenarios where nothing, and I mean nothing, good comes from this. For now, however, one of... [read more]

John Fund spoke here on Stealing Elections
by Ron Hebron, 07:39 PM, 4 Comments
Today I had lunch with John Fund of the Wall Street Journal and about 200 other supporters of Evergreen Freedom Foundation. John has recently updated his book Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud threatens our Democracy with new material including Washington's... [read more]

Fareed Zakaria Says Barack Obama Should Step Down
by pudge, 06:51 PM, 54 Comments
Fareed Zakaria said today that we must have candidates for President and Vice President who know how to govern, who are capable of getting us through this financial crisis. He says we cannot have people who are "unqualified," who are... [read more]

Seattle's Blue Funk
by warrenpeterson, 01:08 PM, 21 Comments
It should be nirvana, a blue city in a blue county in a blue state. But something is amiss. First Boeing moves its headquarters to Chicago. Then one by one they go; Safeco sold, WAMU belly up, Sonics to Oklahoma,... [read more]

Credit Where Due
by Jim Miller, 12:39 PM, 8 Comments
In this case to KUOW's Steve Scher.  During last Friday's Gang of Four program, Scher mentioned a 2003 New York Times article on a Bush proposal to rein in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  (Probably this article.)  He didn't give... [read more]

Another Next Right post
by Eric Earling, 08:30 AM, 3 Comments
I have another post on the Governor's race up at The Next Right. Those interested can read it here.... [read more]

Yep, Still Going...
by Eric Earling, 08:29 AM, 44 Comments
The gap between Boeing and the Machinists Union looks rather intractable at this point: Many rank-and-file Machinists are convinced this is a rare moment when they have the power to break the company's will. They believe Boeing's five-year run of... [read more]

September 28, 2008
Darcy Burner Still Not Running on Pocketbook Issues
by Eric Earling, 09:47 PM, 24 Comments
Perhaps it should come as little surprise that a candidate who is a darling of the netroots is running a campaign that puts little emphasis on the economic issues that are dominating the headlines and top the concerns of voters... [read more]

Herald Editorial Board Makes Ignorant Endorsement of Fred Walser
by pudge, 08:53 AM, 18 Comments
I have to think the editorial board of The Herald is simply unaware of Fred Walser's history. I cannot believe that The Herald would have endorsed someone who was recently sentenced to a year in jail for lying to public... [read more]

Saturday Night Live's In-Kind Contributions to Obama
by pudge, 12:31 AM, 77 Comments
Three weeks into its new season, Saturday Night Live has had two sketches attacking McCain and two attacking Palin, and not a single sketch attacking Obama or Biden. Obama's only shown up in one sketch, in a spoof of the... [read more]

September 27, 2008
The OSPI Race
by Eric Earling, 08:13 PM, 10 Comments
I haven't weighed in on the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction, in part because I'm ambivalent about aspects of each candidate. "TeacherRyan" over at the public blog, however, provides an interesting post on the race that is worth a... [read more]

More Contrast in the Governor's Race
by Eric Earling, 05:53 PM, 87 Comments
Christine Gregoire's stem cell ads seemed to have disappeared from the airwaves following the deserved bashing they received from the local press (here, here, and here) and a response from the Rossi campaign that pivoted from stem cells to directly... [read more]

Just How Misplaced is Frank Chopp's Viaduct Plan?
by Eric Earling, 12:53 PM, 3 Comments
Your intrepid blogger, our friend David Goldstein, and urban liberal to the stars Dan Savage have all taken the same tone in response to the unveiling of Chopp's plan: incredulous mockery. And then people wonder why nothing gets done about... [read more]

News I'm Conflicted About
by Eric Earling, 11:17 AM, 9 Comments
Barack Obama and Joe Biden are holding a rally this evening in the heart of the beautiful campus of my alma mater, which I love dearly. On a broader level it speaks to some of the uniqueness of this election... [read more]

House Republicans Step Back from the Brink
by Eric Earling, 10:03 AM, 41 Comments
At the start of yesterday it sure looked like a goodly portion of House Republicans were ready to leap off the cliff of ideological purism in resisting a financial sector rescue package...potentially taking the head of the GOP ticket with... [read more]

September 26, 2008
A Debate Befitting a Close Race
by Eric Earling, 08:40 PM, 67 Comments
Solid performances by both men - in the sense that they both probably exceeded expectations in the political class (thus influencing the post-debate coverage). Most relevant given that it was the first debate: no major gaffes from either side. No... [read more]

Programming Note
by Eric Earling, 05:55 PM, 6 Comments
No live blogging of the Presidential debate tonight from this contributor. Such posting is a serious effort in multi-tasking, which deprives the typer of being able to digest the visual and audio impact of the debate in full (beyond just... [read more]

Rossi Still "Prefers GOP Party"
by Eric Earling, 05:53 PM, 11 Comments
In case you missed it, a King County judge tossed the state Democrats' lawsuit to force a change to Dino Rossi's party affiliation. You can read a summary of each party's spin here. It appears as if Democrats got caught... [read more]

The Head Of State Is Not Always The Leader
by Jim Miller, 04:27 PM, 17 Comments
The Seattle Times tries to trip up Sarah Palin — and goofs.   Here's the mistake: Sarah Palin's trip to New York this week was billed as the Republican vice-presidential candidate's first chance to meet with foreign heads of state.... [read more]

Dem Ohio Secretary of State Denies Legal Ballot Requests from Republicans
by pudge, 09:58 AM, 36 Comments
It sounds crazy, but it's true. Ohio law allows anyone to request an absentee ballot on any piece of paper they wish, as long as they include certain information. You include that information, and it checks out, then you get... [read more]

Latest Gov Debate Coverage
by Eric Earling, 07:28 AM, 51 Comments
With the AWB Gubernatorial bash on tape delay (you'll have to wait for Sunday evening on TVW), you can review coverage from: The P-I, the Tacoma News Tribune, the Seattle Times, and PolitickerWA. It doesn't appear any new ground was... [read more]

September 25, 2008
In Case You Missed It: TNT Unloads on Gregoire's Stem Cell Stunt
by Eric Earling, 08:55 PM, 16 Comments
In the wake of the Seattle Times likewise calling Gregoire's bluff, from today's Tacoma News Tribune editorial page: We suggest that Gov. Chris Gregoire's campaign go back and look - real hard - for legitimate campaign issues. That wasn't so... [read more]

Whoo hoo!TM
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:23 PM, 28 Comments
Written with sad irony.... [read more]

Gridlock Alert: Frank Chopp's Plan for the Viaduct
by Eric Earling, 07:28 PM, 20 Comments
If you actually care about figuring out a replacement for the Viaduct sometime in this century - or Frank Chopp's lifespan - you'll find a recent article in Crosscut on the topic distressing. Chopp, the uniquely powerful Speaker of the... [read more]

Is She Faking It?
by Eric Earling, 07:16 PM, 15 Comments
A couple new videos at Christine Gregoire's campaign YouTube page caught this bloggers eye. Note the "Real Stories" clips; at least one of which sounds a lot like the vaunted "lifelong Republicans" who miraculously keep appearing this year with Democratic... [read more]

Stakes of the Financial Crisis, Cont.
by Eric Earling, 07:07 PM, 21 Comments
GOP strategist Alex Castellanos, in the National Review today: So is this the time to pull our nation back from an economic precipice? Yes, for America cannot afford to play Russian roulette. If Congress votes down this bailout and our... [read more]

Seattle Book Sale
by Jim Miller, 02:10 PM, 3 Comments
This Saturday and Sunday. (And Friday, if you are a member of the Friends of The Seattle Public Library.)  At Building #30 at Warren G. Magnuson Park, 9-5 on Saturday, 10-4 on Sunday.  There are fewer books on Sunday, but... [read more]

Democratic Dissembling on "Regulation"
by pudge, 11:10 AM, 80 Comments
Republicans generally want less regulation. Democrats generally want more. This is -- generally -- true. So if people (generally) believe that in a specific case there should have been more or stricter regulation, it's obvious that the Democrats were right,... [read more]

September 24, 2008
Rossi at The Next Right
by Eric Earling, 10:36 PM, 7 Comments
I have a post up at The Next Right summarizing events of the last week or so in our festive little race for Governor. You can read it here.... [read more]

Strike? What Strike?
by Eric Earling, 09:15 PM, 46 Comments
Is it me, or is the current Boeing Machinists strike the quietest such major, local work stoppage in memory?... [read more]

The Governor's Race in a Nutshell
by Eric Earling, 08:14 PM, 12 Comments
Erica Barnett's take from the Stranger: Seattle may have a lot of Gregoire signs--I saw a half-dozen on my way to work this morning--but in Eastern Washington, north of Everett, and Pierce County, Rossi's support is strong. If Gregoire wants... [read more]

Government Response to Financial Crisis A Test of Character
by Eric Earling, 07:54 PM, 56 Comments
You run for Congress, you accept a Cabinet post, you take a senior position in the federal bureaucracy and you never actually know what you're going to get. Most of the time it will be run of the mill politics... [read more]

We Have a Deficit, and Gregoire Will Raise Taxes
by pudge, 07:25 PM, 20 Comments
Despite what some local leftists say, and despite that Governor Gregoire won't let the "D" word cross her lips (although she is at least now admitting we will have a "shortfall" coming into next session), we do have a coming... [read more]

Correction On Valerie Jarrett
by Jim Miller, 01:40 PM, 5 Comments
In this post, I quoted the the American Spectator saying that Obama supporter Valerie Jarrett was "Iranian-American".  The quotation was correct, as they usually are when you cut and paste, but the American Spectator was wrong. The anonymous author of... [read more]

The Gang Of Four Gets Gleeful
by Jim Miller, 12:31 PM, 24 Comments
Do you have any friends who work for Washington Mutual?  For Lehman?  For AIG?  Then you know that some people are greatly worried about their jobs.  And some who don't work for those companies are worried about the financial mess.... [read more]

Fred Walser, Karen Keiser, and Democrats Continue their Lies
by pudge, 07:13 AM, 14 Comments
In a revealing article in today's Herald, Jerry Cornfield looks into the slimy lies told by the Democrats against Senator Val Stevens. It's been proven beyond reasonable doubt that the ads were lies, clearly accusing Stevens of something she never... [read more]

Democratic Lawsuit in Perspective - UPDATED
by Eric Earling, 06:59 AM, 69 Comments
So, let me get this straight: Dino Rossi played by the rules in 2004 and appeared on the ballot as a "Republican" (though in at least three counties, including Spokane, only the initials R and D were used on ballots,... [read more]

September 23, 2008
Who Let that Camel's Nose into the Tent?
by Eric Earling, 07:49 PM, 33 Comments
A notable, local liberal think tank says looming state budget difficulties mean it's time to raise taxes (h/t Political Buzz). Their plan includes a "temporary general sales tax increase." "Temporary." Right. Shouldn't Christine Gregoire be telling them "now is not... [read more]

Good Times: Guess Which Party Wants to Mess with Military Voters?
by Eric Earling, 07:31 PM, 36 Comments
State Democrats: The state Democratic Party filed suit today, asking that Secretary of State Sam Reed list Dino Rossi's party preference as "Republican Party" on the general election ballot. When Rossi filed for office, he listed his party preference as... [read more]

Rossi Hits Back on Stem Cells
by Eric Earling, 06:30 PM, 19 Comments
With the wind at their backs thanks to the Seattle Times editorial page, the Rossi campaign hits back on Gregoire's disingenuous stem cell gambit:... [read more]

Sweet: Seattle Times Takes Gregoire to Task on Stem Cells
by Eric Earling, 07:10 AM, 95 Comments
Readers of this recent post know I take a special measure of joy in today's lead editorial from the Seattle Times: Enough of stem cells. The job of governor has nothing to do with stem cells. Gov. Christine Gregoire should... [read more]

Obama Converts & Sound Transit
by Eric Earling, 07:03 AM, 17 Comments
To the thrill of many in the Sound Politics readership (or, uh, not), Sound Transit is on the ballot again this year. Backers claim the Messiah will cure all: The fortunes of Sound Transit's Proposition 1, a multibillion-dollar plan to... [read more]

September 22, 2008
More Lies from Karen Keiser and the Democrats for Fred Walser
by pudge, 11:40 PM, 6 Comments
The Senate Democrats have put out another mailer lying about Senator Val Stevens. They also gave Walser another $10,000 in cash, so they've funded 39 percent of his campaign, not including whatever money was spent on this mailing. The mailings... [read more]

Reminder to our Liberal Friends: Abortion Isn't the Issue You Think It is
by Eric Earling, 07:30 PM, 47 Comments
We've covered it before: Sarah Palin wasn't picked to woo Hillary Clinton supporters and abortion isn't the vote-mover many on the left persist in thinking. More proof via a poll conducted jointly by respected Republican and Democratic pollsters (via hotair):... [read more]

Joel Connelly Fights Bigotry
by Jim Miller, 04:15 PM, 15 Comments
The Seattle PI columnist and I have had our differences over the years, but I admire almost everything he said about the Washington state fight over Initiative 1000.  Proponents of the initiative have made harsh attacks on one of the... [read more]

Gregoire Vs. Rossi - The Gov Wins One
by warrenpeterson, 03:34 PM, 26 Comments
It was Mr. Nice Guy versus the Democrat pit bull with lipstick. Christine Gregoire was obviously well prepared for 90 second responses on each of the expected topics. She had her 30 second rebuttals to Dino down pat also. Every... [read more]

Gregoire's Budget in Perspective
by Eric Earling, 07:47 AM, 43 Comments
No, that wouldn't be the budget that she won't even release updated projected deficit numbers for until after the election. That would be the massive, $3+ billion deficit everyone knows is looming for the Legislature to face next January when... [read more]

"Death with Dignity"?
by Eric Earling, 07:04 AM, 42 Comments
The Seattle Times has been digging deep on one of the more consequential initiatives we'll end up voting on in some time here in the Evergreen State - see major articles here and here. Joel Connelly is skeptical of the... [read more]

Gregoire Fibbed About Stem Cells in 2004, Just Like She's Doing Now
by Eric Earling, 06:56 AM, 59 Comments
Bumped from Saturday morning, because Gregoire's spurious behavior on the same topic two election cycles in a row says a lot about the woman who wants to be Governor again. - Eric Christine Gregoire's recent foray into stem cell research... [read more]

September 21, 2008
I Hate You
by pudge, 10:59 PM, 19 Comments
My latest song is "I Hate You." I wrote it last week while witnessing an intense Palin-phobic hatefest. I recorded it tonight. I don't know about you, but I personally believe that it is a pretty terrible thing to hate... [read more]

The Governor's Race from 30,000 Feet
by Eric Earling, 10:21 PM, 10 Comments
It's easy to get absorbed in the latest poll, the most recent debate, or the issue of the week on the campaign trail. Let's take a step back a consider a few factors in the big picture: 1) Dino Rossi... [read more]

John McCain Should...
by Eric Earling, 09:50 PM, 14 Comments
...start tossing out possible Cabinet names with more regularity. 1) Even after recovering later in this past week from his earlier fumbling around as the recent financial sector festivities began to unfold in earnest, neither McCain nor his campaign is... [read more]

Thick Irony from Team Obama
by Eric Earling, 08:18 PM, 17 Comments
Point: Barack Obama said in an interview to air Sunday evening that he'd consider keeping Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on a transition team given the intricate challenges facing the financial system right now. "That doesn't necessarily mean that he'd end... [read more]

The Governor's Debate: The Morning After
by Eric Earling, 06:38 AM, 46 Comments
I'm revising down both my insta-grades: Rossi B+: He really was good last night, absolutely blistering Gregoire with out being abrasive in the first 10 minutes. He owns her on any talk of the budget, deficit, and spending. He also... [read more]

September 20, 2008
Senate Democrats Tell Vile Lies (This Time, Instead of Fred Walser Himself)
by pudge, 11:08 PM, 38 Comments
Democrat Fred Walser's campaign against Senator Val Stevens in the 39th LD has been filled with lies. But the latest lie, told on his behalf from his campaign's largest direct contributor, the Senate Democrats, is perhaps the worst yet. In... [read more]

Live Blogging the Governor's Race Debate
by Eric Earling, 08:58 PM, 81 Comments
As usual, updates scroll chronologically from bottom to top. 11:03 PM - KOMO interviewed both candidates after the debate, Gregoire says she has "an amazing record of accomplishment." Funny, you don't hear about that much on the campaign trail...especially from... [read more]

Another Obama Abortion Fumble
by Eric Earling, 05:45 PM, 61 Comments
Here again it's not a sin of position, it's a sin of commission. We've discussed before that many urban Democrats don't seem to grasp that publicly touting one's NARAL-affiliated street cred is not exactly a path to victory in many... [read more]

McFeatters Gets Research Spending Wrong
by Jim Miller, 04:38 PM, 2 Comments
Columnist Ann McFeatters goes to a press conference — but doesn't bother to check boring budget numbers.  As a result, she gets the Bush record on support for research wrong, wrong, wrong. President Bush did little for eight years to... [read more]

Mt. Rainier Delivery Truck
by Jim Miller, 03:35 PM, 15 Comments
While I was hiking on Mt. Rainier last week, I saw this helicopter deliver load after load of supplies higher on the mountain.... [read more]

September 19, 2008
It's Out
by Jim Miller, 03:29 PM, 31 Comments
The second edition of John Fund's Stealing Elections.   Chapter ten is titled: "Florida with Rain: Seattle Chaos", and describes one or two little problems we had here in 2004.  The chapter has a hero; he's the founder of Sound... [read more]

Steve Kelley Has A Sly Sense Of Humor
by Jim Miller, 12:39 PM, 10 Comments
(I think.)  I don't look for political jokes in the sports pages, but when I find a good one, I share it.  Today, over lunch, I found this one in a column in the Seattle Times on the University of... [read more]

WA Gubernatorial Debate on Saturday Night
by pudge, 10:46 AM, 45 Comments
Senator Dino Rossi and Governor Christine Gregoire face off in a live, one-hour Washington State Gubernatorial Debate on KOMO Channel 4 (and on komonews.com) Saturday, September 20, at 9 p.m. It's sponsored by Fisher Communications, the League of Women Voters,... [read more]

McCain's Big Day
by Eric Earling, 07:30 AM, 85 Comments
No, there wasn't an obvious game-changer on the campaign trail yesterday. But a couple events occurred that could well fundamentally change the day-to-day flow of the race in the near term. In context, John McCain was having a bad week.... [read more]

September 18, 2008
Flunked: The Movie
by pudge, 08:31 PM, 36 Comments
I ordered my copy of Flunked: The Movie. Have you? I have high hopes for this documentary from the Evergreen Freedom Foundation, hosted by Joe Montegna. It's a nonpartisan look at what's wrong with our public education system and how... [read more]

It's Official: The Gregoire Campaign Has Derailed
by Eric Earling, 08:01 PM, 51 Comments
There's an axiom in politics that loyal readers know this blogger ascribes to; it goes something like this: you win campaigns by talking about the issues voters care about, not by talking to them about the issues that interest you.... [read more]

I Was Wrong!
by pudge, 03:22 PM, 22 Comments
I said I thought the projected budget deficit for Washington would soon be $3 billion. I was wrong. Now it's up to $3.2 billion. Never fear, we have a rainy day fund, which will cover almost a quarter of that!... [read more]

That Was Quick
by Jim Miller, 02:41 PM, 33 Comments
The person who hacked into the Palins' email account may have been identified.  Let me repeat, may have been identified.  He's David Kernell, the son of a Tennessee Democratic state representative. Cross posted at Jim Miller on Politics. (I am... [read more]

Electoral Trivia
by pudge, 11:06 AM, 70 Comments
I've been idly following the Real Clear Politics electoral map. I think some of it is kinda silly. Yesterday Virginia was "leaning Obama." I wondered when the last time Virginia went Democrat was. I went back to 1968 (as far... [read more]

September 17, 2008
The Issue Darcy Burner Forgot
by Eric Earling, 09:22 PM, 29 Comments
From a Politico story on improving Republican Congressional prospects this year: Elsewhere, Cook Political Report House analyst David Wasserman said that the rapid ascent of energy as the leading issue across the country has caught off-guard some leading Democratic candidates... [read more]

Gregoire's Odd Commercial Matches Her Odd Message
by Eric Earling, 07:25 PM, 28 Comments
Christine Gregoire's latest TV ad is on a topic about as far away in politics as one can find from the other issues on the table in the Governor's race: Ah yes, embryonic stem cell research, that burning topic in... [read more]

State Democrats Desperate for a Message
by Eric Earling, 07:03 PM, 4 Comments
That's the only conclusion one can reasonably draw from this week's P-I story on contributors to Dino Rossi's campaign. State Democratic spokesperson Kelly Steele tries to make good spin, but the reality is that Rossi has a huge grassroots donor... [read more]

Vile Violations Of Privacy
by Jim Miller, 04:37 PM, 73 Comments
Michelle Malkin has the story. Scroll for update . . . Wired News confirms . . . McCain camp responds: "This is a shocking invasion of the Governor's privacy and a violation of law.  The matter has been turned over... [read more]

Joel Connelly Interviews Valerie Jarrett
by Jim Miller, 09:07 AM, 24 Comments
And fails to ask her any interesting questions. Near the end of the 1996 campaign, the Seattle PI columnist had a chance to interview Bill Clinton.   At that time, the Chinagate scandal was beginning to emerge, beginning to become... [read more]

Banks and Bonds and Bailouts, Oh My
by pudge, 08:23 AM, 89 Comments
With Eric gone, we've got a bit of a void here. I don't have the time or inclination to write much about this topic, which is less important to me than Barack Obama's support of legal infanticide. But it is... [read more]

September 16, 2008
Baby Doe
by pudge, 11:18 PM, 48 Comments
"Baby Doe" is a song by Steve Taylor about a baby left to die in 1982 because it had Down's syndrome. I've updated the lyrics slightly in reference to the (now illegal) practice of allowing children who survive botched abortions... [read more]

BornAliveTruth.org
by pudge, 08:15 AM, 81 Comments
In my previous post, last night, I mentioned the fact that Obama voted to keep infanticide legal. This morning I see that Politico writes about a new 527 group called BornAliveTruth.org. Here's their first ad, playing in Ohio and New... [read more]

September 15, 2008
Barack Obama Voted for Legal Infanticide
by pudge, 11:55 PM, 80 Comments
No, I am not talking about abortion, though that is what Obama wants you to think. I am talking about a vote that came up in the Illinois State Legislature that forbade the practice of letting born children die. FactCheck.org... [read more]

Help For Victims Of Hurricane Ike
by Jim Miller, 04:31 PM, 5 Comments
Michael Medved was suggesting contributions to Feed the Children this afternoon.  I plan to send a small check to the Salvation Army tomorrow.  Add your own recommendations for worthy charities below.... [read more]

Washington State Contrarians
by Jim Miller, 01:51 PM, 25 Comments
In 1960, Washington state voted for Richard Nixon for president.  In 1968, Hubert Humphrey.  In 1976, Gerald Ford.  In 1988, Michael Dukakis.  In 2000, Al Gore.  In 2004, John Kerry.  You may have noticed a pattern; all of those men... [read more]

September 13, 2008
I Wanna Grow Up to Be a Politician
by pudge, 11:12 PM, 12 Comments
A cover of The Byrds' classic, "I Wanna Grow Up to Be a Politician." Sound like anyone you know? (Do you think it's a Rorschach test?) Cross-posted on <pudge/*>.... [read more]

Away from the Blog
by Eric Earling, 08:51 PM, 9 Comments
This blogger will be contributing intermittently at best, and perhaps not at all in the next several days. I'll rejoin the festivities later in this coming week. For now, it would appear we're at a slight period of pause in... [read more]

Shaming Accomplished: Edmonds School District Backs Off
by Eric Earling, 08:48 PM, 10 Comments
The Edmonds School District seems to have decided that physically removing hot lunch from the hands of kids and throwing it away might not make a lot of PR sense. They're not going to be doing that any more. Now,... [read more]

Sarah Palin is...
by Eric Earling, 03:41 PM, 82 Comments
...a Seattle Seahawks fan. Awesome. Flashback: the last time the Seahawks and politics met it led to a bizarre, over-heated reaction from the angry left. Cross-posted at the Examiner.... [read more]

Polls I'd Like to See - UPDATED with Reichert v. Burner poll
by Eric Earling, 10:43 AM, 37 Comments
Yes, polls aren't everything, but they sure can do a lot to shape the storyline of a campaign. Thus, based on the pro-Republican trend in recent polls, including favoring John McCain and Dino Rossi here in Washington, there are some... [read more]

The Cold, Hard Truth About Why Campaigns Get Ugly
by Eric Earling, 09:56 AM, 33 Comments
Sometimes fortune shines on a candidate, and events conspire to allow them to run a campaign of their choosing, which has a generally upbeat tone and allows them to promulgate their message in a desired way (see Rossi, Dino). Reality,... [read more]

September 12, 2008
Will the Machinists Learn This Lesson in Time?
by Eric Earling, 08:14 PM, 29 Comments
Richard Davis, commenting on the no-end-in-sight Machinists strike against Boeing: Job security in this environment will always be elusive. Employers cannot provide workers with guarantees they themselves do not have. Expanding global prosperity, markets and, inevitably, competition has transformed the... [read more]

Rasmussen Reports: Rossi by 6
by Eric Earling, 08:04 PM, 27 Comments
It is but one poll, thus it would be prudent not to get too rambunctious in response, but Ramussen latest of Rossi 52% to Gregoire's 46% is another in a steady series of indicators that the Gregoire campaign is flailing.... [read more]

McCain is within 2 per cent in very blue Washington
by Ron Hebron, 05:27 PM, 33 Comments
McCain-Palin are very close in our very liberal state according to the Rasmussen Reports. Rasmussen Reports: Washington is the latest state to show a strong western surge for John McCain since he added Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to the Republican... [read more]

Unprofessional
by Jim Miller, 01:19 PM, 32 Comments
This "article" by Seattle PI reporter Levi Pulkkinen.  He begins with this: Seattle Congressman Jim McDermott wants to see George Bush impeached, whether or not, he says, Bush is still in office. He ends with this quote from McDermott: "There's... [read more]

If You Want To See Flowers On Mt. Rainier
by Jim Miller, 10:49 AM, 8 Comments
Now is a good time to visit.  The flowers at Paradise were close to their peak yesterday, which is not what you would expect in September. And if you want to play in the snow?  Then you will have to... [read more]

Burner's Tax Plan
by Eric Earling, 07:35 AM, 33 Comments
Darcy Burner released her tax plan, and not just the one where she says she wants to "raise a few." The Seattle Times coverage of the release says: "Her opponent's campaign called the plan a 'gimmick'"... That doesn't tell the... [read more]

Still not getting Palin
by Eric Earling, 07:08 AM, 66 Comments
Joni Balter yesterday: Palin is the kind of brash, good-looking, in-your-face candidate who connects with working-class women. She's more like everymoms than Obama. Yes, sure, he was raised by a single mother and grandparents, but in the end, he went... [read more]

Gregoire's Peculiar Contradictions
by Eric Earling, 06:49 AM, 15 Comments
Jason Mercier makes a good catch over at the Washington Policy Center blog, discussing the $400 million in tax increases that were passed by the state Legislature and approved by the Governor in 2005. There's an odd twist: Gregoire won't... [read more]

September 11, 2008
Thank You Readers
by Eric Earling, 10:44 PM, 13 Comments
This blogger just wanted to say thanks for coming by. Readership has been up, comment threads lively, and, hey, there's nothing to talk about these days in politics right? Thanks again for visiting, reading, and helping make the site what... [read more]

More Unhinged Reporting From the Left
by pudge, 10:21 PM, 22 Comments
Thus Spoke Annekornblutra: FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska, Sept. 11 -- Gov. Sarah Palin linked the war in Iraq with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, telling an Iraq-bound brigade of soldiers that included her son that they would "defend the innocent from... [read more]

MATT DAMON Uses His Acting Powers to Defeat Sarah Palin
by pudge, 07:46 PM, 25 Comments
This is a little video I made today. Enjoy. Cross-posted on <pudge/*>.... [read more]

What Will the Down Ballot Effect of That Be?
by Eric Earling, 07:07 PM, 14 Comments
From Marc Ambinder: The huge crowds Gov. Sarah Palin attracts are one thing, but enthusiasm about the Alaska governor has produced an outpouring of volunteers for the GOP's get-out-the-vote program. According to a Republican official, countywide, seven to ten times... [read more]

September 10, 2008
RGA on the Airwaves in the Governor's Race
by Eric Earling, 10:27 PM, 23 Comments
The introductory TV spot from the Republican Governor's Association: Objectively, I'd give it about a B-. The topic area has real potential, but the ad seems a bit too "busy" with visuals and background noise...and the narration a bit too... [read more]

Viral Video of the Year
by Eric Earling, 08:18 PM, 31 Comments
It came out in June, but this last installment of HamNation has withstood the test of time. While so many political videos quickly become dated, the issues that so adroitly become the subject of jest are still with us today.... [read more]

Taking Food Out of the Hands of Kids: Time for Shaming of the Adults
by Eric Earling, 08:06 PM, 33 Comments
Faced with the understandable problem of over $200,000 in unpaid school lunch fees, the Edmonds School District is cracking down. That's fine. Their solution isn't: In an effort to recoup $207,763 in unpaid lunch fees from last year, the Edmonds... [read more]

Feign!
by pudge, 02:58 PM, 74 Comments
Last week the Democrats feigned offense at the Palin remarks about "community organizers." This week the Republicans are feigning offense at Obama's remark about "lipstick on a pig." And now Obama is feigning offense at the Republicans' feigning of offense... [read more]

Ron Paul Shrewdly Helps Republicans
by pudge, 01:42 PM, 119 Comments
Many people on the right are angry at the Republican party and simply will not vote for John McCain. In protest, some of them have even said they would vote for someone almost diametrically opposed to their views: Barack Obama.... [read more]

What Democrats Have Missed About Palin
by Eric Earling, 07:39 AM, 131 Comments
Lost in the shuffle of their befuddlement with the selection of Sarah Palin and the details of their objections to her, it is clearer than ever that some on the left (and in the media) have lost touch with average... [read more]

Why our Transportation System has Problems: Example 173,852
by Eric Earling, 07:15 AM, 23 Comments
Options for replacing the Viaduct are still at the public-input gathering phase. Pathetic. God forbid the structure falls down. It would take us six years to clean-it up and have public meetings to talk about everyone's feelings about the piles... [read more]

September 09, 2008
Polls, the Presidential Race, and the Winnowing of the Field - UPDATED
by Eric Earling, 07:39 PM, 38 Comments
Ah, so things have calmed down a bit after a blizzard-like release of national polls. Low and behold, McCain does hold a modest and probable lead after a flurry of surveys over the weekend. That's nice and all, but what... [read more]

Two Sources On Palin Rumors
by Jim Miller, 01:45 PM, 78 Comments
First, FactCheck, which says that people have been "sliming" Palin.   Second, a post from Charles Martin, with a list of Palin rumors, most of them false. There are nasty rumors in every national campaign.  But I haven't seen anything... [read more]

CNN and Palin Smears
by pudge, 11:57 AM, 78 Comments
About a half hour ago I went to this story on CNN, via a link from the CNN.com home page, which reads that Palin was being criticized for "cutting programs for people with disabilities -- a group she's vowed to... [read more]

Gregoire Video Roundup
by pudge, 10:31 AM, 13 Comments
Videos from the Washington State GOP about Gregoire's failures on transportation, and a Republican Governors Association slam on "Casino Chris" over the tribal casino deal. Cross-posted on <pudge/*>.... [read more]

Osama Bin Laden, You Ruined My Birthday
by pudge, 09:32 AM, 16 Comments
My award-winning* song, Osama Bin Laden, You Ruined My Birthday, is available online and on physical CD. It's less than a buck from Amazon.com and iTunes music store! Honor September 11th by being irreverent toward OBL. Speaking of September 11th,... [read more]

Lies About Palin
by pudge, 08:54 AM, 47 Comments
There's a lot of lies out there about Palin: that she was a member of a secessionist party, that she tried to ban books, that she cut special needs funding, and so on. Newsweek is doing its job to debunk... [read more]

Rossi's Transportation Plan
by Eric Earling, 07:32 AM, 16 Comments
Yesterday, the Seattle Times took a skeptical view of Dino Rossi's statewide transportation plan coming to fruition. The article voiced four potential problem spots: - Rossi's idea to replace the existing four-lane Highway 520 bridge with one that could accommodate... [read more]

Liberal Condescension Defined
by Eric Earling, 06:58 AM, 44 Comments
From today's P-I:... [read more]

September 08, 2008
Debates Not Open for 2008
by pudge, 10:35 PM, 23 Comments
I've written many times about the problems with our presidential debates. This year, as before -- but unlike 2004 -- the debate contract between the two campaigns is being kept secret. Long story short -- and you can find out... [read more]

Context on that Machinist Talking Point
by Eric Earling, 09:52 PM, 8 Comments
Sprinkled throughout media coverage of the current Machinist strike against Boeing is member angst that their last contract didn't include pay increases. True, because they bargained them away in 2005. We spent some time discussing this earlier in the year... [read more]

More Proof of Local GOP Grassroots Enthusiasm - UPDATED & BUMPED with poll results
by Eric Earling, 09:30 PM, 8 Comments
After announcing late last week that the Rossi campaign had crossed the 43,000th contributor threshold, today comes word they've passed 44,000. This is an unheard of phenomenon in Evergreen State politics. New donors seem to be growing on trees and... [read more]

Sign of the Apocalypse or New Era of Openess?
by Eric Earling, 09:20 PM, 5 Comments
Read the news for yourself: Ron Sims is on Twitter. I'm a bit ambivalent about Twitter (which for the technology challenged essentially amounts to blog meets texting...with a little bit of Facebook/MySpace thrown in too) and have dodged joining thus... [read more]

Liberals v. Economics (& the NY Times)
by Eric Earling, 09:03 PM, 13 Comments
A reliable rule of thumb is that partisan pundits rarely make good economic analysts, mostly because they don't usually know what they're talking about. Example: if you were to believe the take of longtime local, liberal cynic Geov Parrish, then... [read more]

If we had the chance to do it all again Tell me - would we? could we?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:37 PM, 13 Comments
Variety reports:Barbra Streisand will be among the headliners at a fund-raiser for Barack Obama on Sept. 16, where she will perform for the presidential candidate at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. I humbly propose that Streisand sing "The Way We Were".... [read more]

September 07, 2008
Dude? McCain/Palin up 10? - UPDATED for commenters who aren't very bright
by Eric Earling, 06:35 PM, 138 Comments
I'm not one to get worked up over one poll but the result made me laugh so hard that I suppose it should be posted. Yes: Gallup says McCain 54, Obama 44 among likely voters. Even if they're right (and... [read more]

Governor's Race Assessment
by Eric Earling, 04:55 PM, 20 Comments
The momentum is on Dino's Rossi's side as this blogger types. That doesn't come simply from someone who would strongly prefer Rossi to win. It comes from objective political analysis of multiple indicators that are pointing his way - even... [read more]

That Late Conservative Ballot Trend
by Eric Earling, 01:33 PM, 20 Comments
Peter Callaghan spends some print and pixels in today's TNT trying to flesh out why it is that later mail-in ballots seemed to favor non-Democratic candidates across the board in our August 19th primary - a topic we spent a... [read more]

September 06, 2008
Bad Feeling About the Boeing Strike
by Eric Earling, 08:13 PM, 63 Comments
It's tough to have a good feeling about how the dispute between the Machinists and Boeing gets solved based on the tone of the union members in the P-I and the Times. They have a fair rhetorical point about getting... [read more]

The P-I in a Nutshell
by Eric Earling, 07:45 PM, 19 Comments
Glancing over the P-I's main webapge, I noticed something at the top of the "most read" list that caught my eye; a column titled "Disregard the current polls." Of course, it was a Dan Rather column. Figures.... [read more]

On a Lighter Note
by Eric Earling, 11:28 AM, 4 Comments
Frank Hughes, Seahawks writer at the Tacoma News Tribune has a post about his travel travails that leaves me much less envious of the life of a sports reporter. We've all been there. And I know just what he means... [read more]

September 05, 2008
Return of the Silent Majority? - UPDATED
by Eric Earling, 08:59 PM, 78 Comments
This blogger was too young to recall the media reaction to the rise and governance of Ronald Reagan. Sure, I've heard and read recountings. And Lord knows I've seen the roughshod treatment conservatives - especially from the West & South... [read more]

Today's Times Editorial: Understanding the Declining Mainstream Media
by Eric Earling, 07:53 PM, 42 Comments
The Seattle Times editorial board doesn't like the pick of Sarah Palin. Stefan has already linked to it, but the text of their position bears some examination for its revealing insight into their decision-making. Primarily, the assessment appears to be... [read more]

Exploding Heads
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:56 PM, 54 Comments
The Daily Kos and other gossip sites are linking to this blog post which purports to name the heretofore unnamed former business partner mentioned in a recent unsourced gossip item in the National Enquirer:My sources in Alaska say the incident... [read more]

Palin
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:48 AM, 50 Comments
Rasmussen Reports:Palin is viewed favorably by 58% of American voters. ... As of Friday morning, Obama and McCain are each viewed favorably by 57% of voters. Biden is viewed favorably by 48%.According to some, this is a consequence of McCain's... [read more]

Good news and bad news
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:47 AM, 23 Comments
David Postman is leaving the Seattle Times for a position with Paul Allen's Vulcan Ventures. I wish Postman the very best in the next stage of his career. But his absence from journalism will be a loss. While too much... [read more]

Democrats Misplaying the Abortion Issue
by Eric Earling, 07:41 AM, 46 Comments
One of the primary talking points against Sarah Palin from the left has been: "well, she's anti-choice. Women won't vote for here because of that." It's the type of message we're used to hearing in this decidedly pro-choice state (note... [read more]

September 04, 2008
About Those "Community Organizers"
by Eric Earling, 09:59 PM, 98 Comments
Lots of outrage on the left that Republicans would take shots last night at Barack Obama's community organizer past. Marc Ambinder has more: The four mocking mentions last night of Barack Obama's service as a "community organizer" have ignited a... [read more]

Nuggets from the Live Blog
by Eric Earling, 08:59 PM, 9 Comments
A couple points from the coverage of McCain's speech deserve separate attention, aside from tonight at the GOP convention. Indications of how this race has changed... 6:24 pm - Have some SurveyUSA polls while you're at it. Note Jim Miller's... [read more]

Two Points about Rossi's Campaign
by Eric Earling, 08:44 PM, 6 Comments
The Rossi campaign noted this today in a press release that it had raised over $1.27 million in cash contributions in August compared to Gregoire's $768,000 and change. I wouldn't read too much into one month's fundraising totals, but it... [read more]

McCain Speech Live Blogging
by Eric Earling, 06:12 PM, 27 Comments
Last night's nearly live blogging was well-received, so we'll give this another whirl. Not that John McCain is likely to top Sarah Palin, but the more I type the less I have to listen to Lindsey Graham... ...updates posted oldest... [read more]

48 Percent To Go
by Jim Miller, 05:07 PM, 8 Comments
We have work to do before November.  Only 52 percent of Washington's registered voters now think that the media is rooting for Obama.  (8 percent think the media is rooting for John McCain; 35 percent think they are being fair... [read more]

Obama Can't Take It
by pudge, 01:28 PM, 97 Comments
Obama made fun of Palin's job as mayor a few days ago, cracking that he has more people on his campaign staff than she had in her town as mayor. And now he is feigning offense about her cracks about... [read more]

Hockey Mom
by pudge, 11:11 AM, 10 Comments
The four things I write most about are politics, sports, music, and computers. This is about politics, sports, and music. And I am writing it on a computer. One of my favorite bands is The Zambonis. They sing about hockey,... [read more]

Palin's Speech: The Morning After
by Eric Earling, 08:02 AM, 71 Comments
Yep, it was still a slam-dunk. Concreting talk of this: the much discussed and expected enthusiasm gap in the Presidential race has in all likelihood completely disappeared. Uh oh. Danny Westneat: Palin's appearance was so electric it was as if... [read more]

September 03, 2008
"The Angry Left"
by Eric Earling, 11:44 PM, 26 Comments
That's what President Bush called them. Well, at least they're honest about it (and if you've kept pace with commentary at the Slog - or just about any other liberal blog - about Sarah Palin you already know just what... [read more]

Machinists Vote To Strike
by Eric Earling, 10:21 PM, 25 Comments
That's the "breaking news" locally. Supposedly the union is giving Boeing a 48 hour window of extra negotiations to avoid a strike. Prediction: the final offer from Boeing will drop including the Machinists in the company's incentive plan in return... [read more]

Post-Palin Speech
by Eric Earling, 09:58 PM, 29 Comments
ICYMI, the speech was a smash. But where do we go from here? The media probably begins to back off, helped by the fact they have a boffo speech to cover, McCain tomorrow night, and then the inevitable post-convention back-and-forth... [read more]

Rolling Palin Speech Night Coverage
by Eric Earling, 06:13 PM, 64 Comments
Not quite live blogging here, but frequent updates as the night unfolds. Updates will be posted newest to oldest: 9:48 pm - MSNBC reports the teleprompter was malfunctioning during Palin's speech. Meaning: she really rocked it. 9:24 pm - I... [read more]

The other vice-presidential candidate's daughter
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:35 PM, 39 Comments
Since the children of vice-presidential candidates are supposedly newsworthy, why isn't more being written about Sen. Joseph Biden's daughter, Ashley Blazer Biden? Ashley Biden was arrested in Chicago in 2002 for "obstructing a police officer", which meant: "Biden blocked the... [read more]

Speaking of Unions ... WFSE, You're Up
by pudge, 01:59 PM, 18 Comments
As some of you may know, the WFSE -- Washington Federaation of State Employees -- is currently, as reported in The Olympian, suing about 1900 state employees for nonpayment of dues. Some of the stories are ridiculous, like people being... [read more]

Worth A Look
by Jim Miller, 12:44 PM, 2 Comments
Today's Devericks cartoon.  A little childish, but still quite funny.  In fact, it is better than today's Ramirez cartoon.   (Though not nearly as good as yesterday's Ramirez cartoon.)  I hope Devericks doesn't get into trouble for this departure from... [read more]

Goldy to Re-evaluate HA in November 2008
by pudge, 09:51 AM, 26 Comments
David, the man who runs a local liberal web site bemoans the lack of liberal advertising on his site (warning: not safe for work), as well as the complaints he gets for allowing conservative advertising. He says he will re-evaluate... [read more]

My Sympathies To The Friends And Relatives Of Deputy Anne Jackson
by Jim Miller, 08:45 AM, 0 Comments
And to the friends and relatives of all the other victims. My thanks to the officers for their brave pursuit of Isaac Zamora. A man shot and killed a sheriff's deputy and five other people, and wounded two more, during... [read more]

Why Do We Let Teachers Get Away With Striking?
by pudge, 12:09 AM, 69 Comments
It is illegal in Washington state for public school teachers to strike. Why do we let them get away with it? The WEA says the strike isn't illegal. They're wrong: it covers all public sector employees, unless otherwise noted. Cross-posted... [read more]

September 02, 2008
Irony Watch: Pay No Attention to that Hypocrisy Behind the Curtain
by Eric Earling, 08:06 PM, 15 Comments
Back when Evergreen Progress first started running their anti-Dino Rossi ads, we noted the small potatoes involved given the gap between reality and the "big" contributions claimed by the PAC as poisoning Rossi's thinking. Now, we find out Christine Gregoire... [read more]

GOP Convention Thoughts - UPDATED
by Eric Earling, 07:37 PM, 48 Comments
1) Even the most grizzled cynic would be hard-pressed not to be deeply touched by a particular scene the video tribute to Michael Monsoor. The site of his Navy Seal brethren, in full dress uniform, pressing their own gold trident... [read more]

War with the press? - UPDATE
by Eric Earling, 07:16 PM, 14 Comments
We may be about to see an unusual spectacle. Prompted in large part by some members of the media being willing to turn the Palin Family into the latest episode of Inside Edition, there may be a real and serious... [read more]

Linda Douglass Said What?
by pudge, 04:31 PM, 20 Comments
I am working with CNN with Wolf Blizter on, and I half-hear longtime news reporter Linda Douglass talking about the Republican Convention. She speaks like a reporter, but the words she's using are like they are coming straight out of... [read more]

September 01, 2008
Karl Rove Outdid Himself with McCain, Palin, and Gustav
by pudge, 08:59 PM, 109 Comments
Karl Rove has orchestrated the greatest political maneuverings in political history, and I am proud to have been a mere witness to it. The story goes back quite awhile, but to cut that part of the story short: as we... [read more]

My take on Palin
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:53 PM, 80 Comments
Some critics have alleged that picking Palin as VP candidate is a stretch and a cynical gimmick. Well, yes, of course it's all of those things. But so are most acts in politics. The test is how well does the... [read more]

Rossi Breakdown at The Next Right
by Eric Earling, 07:45 PM, 5 Comments
I have a post up at The Next Right summarizing where things stand in our Governor's race as we reach the traditional Labor Day marker where general election voters start paying increasing attention to the race. For those interested, you... [read more]

Boeing Machinists: Penny Wise & Pound Foolish
by Eric Earling, 07:42 PM, 34 Comments
It seems clear from the decision of the Machinists Union leadership to support a strike against Boeing that they have learned nothing of the lessons of how the modern economy has evolved in the last quarter century. In the next... [read more]

NRCC expecting to play in the Reichert race
by Eric Earling, 07:33 PM, 5 Comments
There has been real question in this election cycle whether the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) would be swamped by the efforts of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). Fundraising results thus far have been brutally bad for the GOP... [read more]

The 1856 Republican Platform
by Jim Miller, 06:36 PM, 2 Comments
The first Republican platform was much shorter than modern platforms, so you may want to read the whole thing.  If not, here are some samples: This Convention of Delegates, assembled in pursuance of a call addressed to the people of... [read more]

Lights in the Darkness
by Eric Earling, 11:05 AM, 74 Comments
Some left-of-center notables who get the Palin pick: - Democratic mega-consultant Joe Trippi. Summary: Palin brings McCain's reformer image front and center, which is now bound to be a major and compelling campaign theme. - Democratic talker Kristen Powers, who... [read more]

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