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Posted by Mr. Poe | June 28, 2007 2:36 PM

Don't mind Mr. Poe, great job Rebecca :)thanks for the report :)

Posted by CodyBolt | June 28, 2007 2:38 PM

I stopped reading after the first two paragraphs. You can go ahead and ignore all of my comments from this point on, as they never actually have any direction, point, or substance.

Posted by Mr. Poe, Aka: Annoying Asshat | June 28, 2007 2:49 PM

nice review, i was disappointed at erica's preemptive panning of a fledgling political engagement exercise.

not all political events must have tits, ass, liquor and violence. usually one of the above does the trick.

Posted by josh | June 28, 2007 3:00 PM

I liked the Slog post a lot. Thanks. The opposite of everything Mr. Poe comments is true.

Posted by jamier | June 28, 2007 3:02 PM

Booze and cupcakes. Check! I should've been there. *sigh*

That said, good job on being informative. :D

Posted by Phelix | June 28, 2007 3:02 PM

thanks intern, a fair report i'd say, having been in attendance (friends help run the bus). it seemed to me like a decent start, though there is plenty of room for improvement.

erica, i'd agree, it seems like you were guilty of hasty cynicism here. it certainly isn't your job to promote every group that sends the stranger a press release, but if you are going to offer criticism, it should be informed (they did invite city council members and other seattleites, buses do run to the CD, and the locale is no better or worse than most political events--and is in fact a common site, given the ability to have beer and an awesome view). the group has a mission, to get youth involved in WA progressive politics, and while there are many routes to this goal, they chose this one. if you don't like it, show up and give feedback, or opt out. while i usually agree with you, it is lame to sit on the sidelines and levy complaints that aren't even on target.

*sidenote: if the unpaid intern had hung around awhile longer (though it was long and overly warm in the room, understandable she bailed), she would have gotten pizza, cupcakes and more beer, plus had the chance to see the very game jean godden share the stage with a hilarious look-alike, and find out that the group is buying a real bus to ferry doorbellers around the state to pitch in on the campaigns of young and progressive candidates.

Posted by shortbus | June 28, 2007 3:07 PM

Ouch. It's Barack, not Barak.

Posted by OBAMA08 | June 28, 2007 3:20 PM

Seriously, I was hoping for a report on the Jean Godden look-a-like contest. C'mon, Rebecca!

Posted by giantladysquirrels | June 28, 2007 3:22 PM

Giant Lady. Rebecca left at half-time. She missed the Jeans.

Posted by OBAMA08 | June 28, 2007 3:25 PM

Do you mean Paul Wellstone?

Posted by brb | June 28, 2007 3:28 PM

Yes, it was Paul Wellstone. And someone shouted 1944-- which is correct.

Posted by green leaf | June 28, 2007 3:34 PM

A few 40-year-olds stand around, dressed in various amalgamations of suits and denim.

I believe this refers to me, and I'm actually 33. Sigh. I'm fucking old.

Posted by Dean | June 28, 2007 3:41 PM

Wow, that event looks totally re-tarded. I just have one question: did the cupcake / beer combo give you gas?

Posted by erika | June 28, 2007 3:41 PM

A few 40-year-olds stand around, dressed in various amalgamations of suits and denim.

I believe this refers to me. I'm actually 33. Not that fucking old! Jeesh.

Posted by Dean | June 28, 2007 3:42 PM

Foam free. yah.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 28, 2007 4:36 PM

Nothing says "yo yo yo what up my people, we be rockin' the youth vote in da howz" like a DJ working a room that's brightly lit with flourescent fixtures in a drop ceiling.

Cupcakes and beer. Urgle.

The important question is: what the hell IS it? Is it about buses, or is that just a metaphor? For what? Getting young people involved in politics? What kind of politics? Just "get out the vote"? Do they have an agenda, a slate, a point of view? A bus for what, exactly?

Lemme put it this way: were there ANY young people there at all who were being persuaded to vote (when?) who otherwise wouldn't have? Because it didn't look like the kind of thing that any young person would go to who wasn't already really into politics.

I mean, anybody can buy a keg of beer.

Posted by Fnarf | June 28, 2007 5:20 PM

Wow! This intern is so good... you should pay her!

Posted by liz elf | June 28, 2007 6:09 PM

Well, Fnarf, what's more progressive these days than preaching to the choir?

Posted by Roger Williams | June 29, 2007 3:00 AM

I'm 42, and I would NEVER attempt to combine traditional business attire with denim. I could pull it off in my 20's, no problem. But on a man of a certain age, it's nothing but toss-your-head-and-try-to-be-young.

Posted by catalina vel-duray | June 29, 2007 6:13 AM

Oh, and don't get me started on suits and baseball caps. Sad, sad, sad....

Posted by catalina vel-duray | June 29, 2007 6:15 AM

What's so progressive about Obama? He is a centrist. He is nowhere near Dellums or Wellstone in terms of progressive politics. Nothing wrong with the guy, but I wouldnt go around saying that he makes progressives' hearts beat faster. Standards for what is progressive is laxed in the Bush era.

Posted by SeMe | June 29, 2007 10:23 AM

Fun post! However, for those of us who are less in-the-know about civic goings-on, it would have been helpful if you'd explained at the beginning that this group is not actually affiliated with Metro, or busses (like you did in the final graph).
Why not the Washington Buss Project? (giggle)

Posted by zena | June 29, 2007 11:30 AM

I was there. I thought it was fun. I had a couple of beers and talked to the candidates. It was encouraging. I saw old people, young people, white people, brown people. The bus is a brand new organization here in Washington State. They're young and mostly volunteer-run. Their wheels are a little squeaky - hell, they don't even have wheels yet because they're still raising money for the bus. Why not try cutting them a little slack and let them get off the ground before trying to poo-poo them in your holier-than-thou-but-never-going-to-do-anything-to-change-anything-Seattle-know-it-all-attitude. Oh, and what the hell kind of comment is this - "Nothing says "yo yo yo what up my people, we be rockin' the youth vote in da howz" like a DJ working a room..." Seriously??? Wait, you're really serious? Where are you from??? Obviously you're from somewhere that doesn't appreciate the fine culinary pairing of cupcakes and beer.

Posted by leantotheleft | June 29, 2007 4:32 PM

Oh yeah, and I meant to say - good job overall, Rebecca. It's good you were there, but you should have stayed till the end. And, you should identify yourself as a reporter to people you talk to when you're attending an event as a reporter.

Posted by leantotheleft | June 29, 2007 5:05 PM

At the City Council Public Hearing Thursday night in Georgetown re: Zero Waste Strategy, guests enjoyed beer and cake.
I was at both the Derby and the Hearing -- because I'm really foam-free--- and I vote yes for the keg and cake combo.

Although there was also crostini, various tapenades and spreads, and All Purpose Pizza at the Washington Bus Candidate Derby. Just beer and cake in Georgetown though. What more do you need? Maybe some chocolate soy Odwalla...

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