I completely agree. Advocating for an overhaul of the tax structure in implementing an income tax is what killed Sims' nomination, not the color of his skin. While I personally think a state income tax is a fairer way to go, it is overwhelmingly unpopular in this state. His campaign scared the hell out of a lot of people. He is also much more liberal than Gregoire, which plays well in Seattle, but not the rest of the state.
So, what about what Egan and Sims did say? That race needs to be talked about. Can we talk about that?
Notice how urban liberal mayors of any kind don't move up in Washington State, too. Maybe it's not race, maybe it's being urban and liberal. Maybe moderates outside Seattle just don't like folks from that urban liberal archipelago we Sloggers live inside so comfortably. Maybe moderates nationwide don't like urbanliberals, and that's why Democrats have usually lost the Presidency for the last sixty years. Obama folks say he will magically overcome this factor and that right wing smear machine will be foiled because Obama will give inspirational speeches that unite us all.
Here's the problem: apart form Iowa, what evidence is there of this?
if someone brings up the need to deal with terrorists attacking on day 1, or drugs, or race, or how he said he was against the war then said he might not have been against the war if he'd been in the SEnate at the time, or any of the potential negatives, the Obama supporters cry foul, instead of explaining how he is going to handle those issues when they are the subject of millions of dollars of right wing attack ads.
@2There will be plenty of chances to get more evidence between now and 2/9.
Sims only came out for a state income tax after he was done. She was kicking his ass. Sims had much going against him. Sound Transit and King County being big negatives statewide in 2004.
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