Politics The War is Over
The anti-war issue might not be as big a deal as everyone (including me) have made it out to be for Senator Maria Cantwell. (Cantwell’s refusal to bow to the anti-war base is going to work wonders for her in the general election against McGavick.)
In a sign that the issue may be fading anyway, the 36th District Democrats executive board interviewed Cantwell’s two anti-war challengers, Hong Tran & Mark Wilson, on Monday night. The prickly 36th (Ballard, Al Runte) has been notably exercised about Cantwell. However, word is, neither Tran nor Wilson was a hit.
In fact, Tran was reportedly taken to task by 36th District chair Pete House for even running. Meanwhile, Wilson was blistered for his inconsistency on health care. Wilson was asked how he reconciled his position in 2002 (when he ran against Rep. Jay Inslee as a Libertarian) against expanding government health care vs. his position today (running, obviously, as a Democrat) where he supports expanding government health care coverage.
The district’s endorsements don’t come out until August, but I wouldn’t bet on either anti-war candidate over Cantwell.