Politics “Oh, yeah, you spent it on the war.”
Tomorrow’s edition of The Stranger has a news piece by Eli Sanders on Sen. Maria Cantwell’s shaky appearance at Garfield High last saturday; shaky because, as Eli slogged this weekend, the event, intended as a campaign pep rally with full-on support from Democratic superstar Sen. Barack Obama, got momentarily hijacked by antiwar demonstrators. The interruption highlighted the fact that Cantwell’s got trouble with the ever-important (antiwar) Seattle base.
Witness the importance of Seattle: In Gregoire’s underwhelming showing in 2004, 75,135 King County voters who voted for John Kerry did not vote for Gregoire after she famously took the liberal base for granted by playing to moderates. This is something for Cantwell to consider—given that she only won in 2000 by 2,200 votes.
For a harsh account of Cantwell’s appearance at Garfield you only have to go as far as Seattle’s 36th Distrtict Democrats (Democrats!) web site where’ll you’ll find this write up:
Cantwell vs. Garfield PTSA (0.00 / 0) The Cantwell staff and several of the volunteers they had “trained” attempted several times to shut down our Garfield PTSA table in the Garfield gym during this event, because we were handing out material on our well established positions on the war and military recruiting in school. They also confiscated our material from people in the crowd.
An amazing show of jack-boot force from the junior senator.
By the way, Maria, that was OUR school you were in, that was OUR principal sitting next to you on the stage, and it was OUR hospitality. Sorry you had to bring your own sound system—Garfield’s is so bad you can hardly hear anything. Yeah, we know, but where’s the money to replace it? Oh, yeah, you spent it on the war.
If you wanted a nice clean event with compliant little Bush-like constituents, take your next event to Mercer Island.
by: Hagopian36th @ March 20, 2006 at 15:15:38 PST
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