2008 Report from Today’s 43rd Legislative District Caucus
posted by April 5 at 5:10 PMon
Lines and speeches and rules and questions (the explanation of next weekend’s KC Convention and the ability to still get planks added to the platform did not jibe with what the platform committee told me yesterday) … and a giant turnout at the 43rd Legislative District caucus I was at all day.
Quote of the day: “There’s a line for the men’s room?”
Obama locked up 53 delegates to Clinton’s 14.
Embarrassment of the Day: While State Sen. Ed Murray (D-43) gave the Obama speech, the Clinton campaign sent Sean Astin (Samwise Gangee from the Lord of the Rings trilogy movies…he was also Mikey Walsh in the Goonies.) He came up from L.A. to represent.
Really? Who the fuck is running the HRC campaign these days? Astin joked about “Obama Country,” told us he could “run through the bullet points” of why Hillary’s the better candidate (but didn’t) and meandered his way through a non sequitur speech that ended by congratulating us on democracy and explaining that he’ll be the biggest Obama fan if Obama gets the nomination.
“That was weird,” several Hillary supporters sitting near me in the packed Lincoln H.S. auditorium in Wallingford said in disbelief and disappointment.
I’ll say. Where was a local HRC supporter like KC Exec Ron Sims? (Or perhaps just one of the 100 enthusiastic 43rd District precinct delegates, like the young UW student who was running to be a Hillary delegate, who said, “We all know why we’re here”? Cuz Hillary’s freaking awesome.”)
When Hillary’s surrogate didn’t show up for 20 minutes or so—another uncomfortable embarrassment for the Clinton supporters— I was thinking it was Ron (he’s been a bit off lately). But then they introduced the Lord of the Rings guy.
I guess no local politician wanted to show up in the 43rd chiming in for Clinton.
I was surprised at the number of young people who were running to be Hillary delegates, although I was bummed about the number of people whose top reason for supporting Hillary (at least in their speeches) seemed to be that they wanted a woman president.
Personal side note: Rivaling the Lord of the Rings for Hillary movement for totally embarrassing was Democratic State House Speaker Frank Choop (D-43) boasting to the hoodwinked crowd about the accomplishments of “the most progressive legislature in the country…that’s leading on global warming.”
This from the guy who tried to upend the climate change bill by weakening the regulatory power of the Dept. of Ecology; who snuffed the homeowners’ consumer rights bill; who promised to bring the payday loan issue back this session after killing it last session, but didn’t; who helped kill a bill to put global warming standards into the Growth Management Act; and who, along with the rest of the “most progressive legislature in the country,” dropped the ball on property tax reform by enacting Tim Eyman’s pseudo fix without real systemic reform.
Don’t have time to provide all the links, but just google “Oly Inaction” or “Chopp Misled” and you’ll get the idea.