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Monday, June 23, 2008

Points for Bravery

posted by on June 23 at 9:37 AM


The King County Republican Party’s booth at the Solstice Fair this weekend was the second loneliest place in Fremont this weekendóright after, I’m pleased to say, the Scientology booth, which only seemed to pull in the already duped.

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Gotta love the guy in the sweatshirt hiding his face. "What if my mom and dad find out a Republican?"

Posted by Drew | June 23, 2008 9:44 AM

Gotta love the tall white socks while wearing shorts!

Posted by Jake | June 23, 2008 9:47 AM

Seattle: where even Republicans wear sandals and socks.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | June 23, 2008 9:48 AM

Tell that guy to put his sweatshirt back on...I can see the rolls of fat on his gut!! NASTY!!!

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | June 23, 2008 9:50 AM

not to mention the guy in a business suit and baseball cap. Who does he think he is, Speilberg?

Posted by ams | June 23, 2008 9:50 AM

The Masons were there, too. But they had balloons.

Posted by Ziggity | June 23, 2008 9:53 AM

There was a pro-life booth as well, staffed by two college-age women. Sad, sad, sad.

Posted by Levislade | June 23, 2008 9:57 AM

@4 "rolls of fat"???

Clean yer glasses....

Posted by Hartiepie | June 23, 2008 9:57 AM

@4 Seriously, the "rolls of fat" comment was way off base.

For a second I felt a little pissed that someone could be so judgmental, but then I remembered the fact that one day you'll get old and fat yourself... just one of life's sweet little ironies.

Posted by UNPAID BLOGGER | June 23, 2008 10:10 AM

Given Christine Gregoire's emerging tribal Casino kickbacks and related racketeering scandals, Rossi has a good chance this year.

Posted by raindrop | June 23, 2008 10:13 AM

Given that all the GOP can do about Gregoire is to lie about her, I'd say Rossi has little to no chance this year.

Posted by ivan | June 23, 2008 10:17 AM

Say what? Rossi is comfortably in first place:

1......Valentino.ROSSI...ITA......Fiat Yamaha Team......162
2......Dani PEDROSA......SPA......Repsol Honda Team.....151
3......Casey STONER......AUS......Ducati Marlboro Team..117

Granted, the season is only just begun but right now the championship is Rossi's to lose.

Posted by elenchos | June 23, 2008 10:30 AM

What cracks me up about the latest attempt-to-manufacture controversy by the WA GOP regarding Gregoire and the Casinos is that these are the same people who expect me to not care about Haliburton, Blackwater, No bid contracts, and the myriad other fiascos in Iraq.

Gregoire in a landslide.

Posted by Timothy | June 23, 2008 10:44 AM

Third loneliest place this weekend: A Mc Cain rally on the South Side of Chicago!
(Didn't really happen, but I can just imagine the tumble weeds and the four Republicans in attendance.)

Posted by scott in chi-town | June 23, 2008 11:17 AM

I always like to walk up to them and say: "Why haven't you enlisted, coward?"

It works really well.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 23, 2008 11:20 AM

I was at Gay Pride in Fort Lauderdale this weekend--yes, I know, it's totally redundant. Anyway. There was a group of six sad, very sad Log Cabin Republicans walking down the street, and as they passed along the route it got so incredibly quiet. What do you say to such people? Nobody could even meet their gazes, we were all so embarrassed for them.

Until at last, this great big drunk lesbian marched right up to the group of them, and said in her big drunk lesbian voice:

"Shouldn't you fuckers be walking backwards?"

Everybody cheered.

Posted by Boomer in NYC | June 23, 2008 11:56 AM

We hung out by the repug booth for a long time, but it was mostly to talk to the nice folks selling salvia plants.

Posted by dreamflying | June 23, 2008 12:01 PM

@15: Be carefull, you might just be talking to a relative of someome how just got killed in Iraq and get punched in the face.

Posted by raindrop | June 23, 2008 12:11 PM

Only cowards punch people in the face.

Posted by ivan | June 23, 2008 12:18 PM

In Will's mind, where civilian control of the military doesn't exist, anyone who disagrees with him is a coward.

Posted by Greg | June 23, 2008 1:31 PM

@18 - I'll take that risk, pumpkin.

Served lately?

Didn't think so.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 23, 2008 2:12 PM

For the record, it's not the "Solstice Fair". The Fremont Fair is put on by Solid Ground, formerly the Fremont Public Association, and supports their anti-poverty programs; the parade is run by the Fremont Arts Council. The Fair's been around a lot longer than the parade has.

Posted by Fnarf | June 23, 2008 2:57 PM

What the Fair really needs is a Naked Republican component.

Posted by RonK, Seattle | June 23, 2008 3:41 PM

Sandal lady and suit guy look like they might be over 42 y/o, which, last I heard, is the age limit for englisting for the first time into active duty with the U.S. Army.

Sweatshirt guy is hiding his face because he's AWOL? Or, he's come out to his parents, but not told them about the GOP thing yet.

Bulletin from the outside world: nobody really cares about socks of that height. Or whether you have the ones that don't peek out of your sneakers. Or whether Obama tucks his polo shirt in. Yawn.

Bulletin from the American South for Cato the Younger Younger:
THAT AIN'T FAT! Hoo-ee, don't you have Wal-Marts there?

Posted by CP | June 23, 2008 4:15 PM

Naked republicans? Oh dear gawd!!

The sight of a naked Ann Coulter would turn so many of us hetero types gay....

Posted by Hanster | June 23, 2008 4:18 PM

When I walked by at around 1 p.m., the fellow manning the booth was wearing a tie-tied T-shirt. I couldn't figure out if the tie-dye was part of his normal wardrobe or if he was just wearing it to fit in with the hippies.

Posted by Kalakalot | June 23, 2008 4:47 PM

There's truly nothing more pathetic than a middle aged man - especially a middle-aged white man - in a suit and baseball cap. His aging Huey Lewis fantasy just makes me want to weep for him.

Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay | June 23, 2008 8:17 PM

I glared at the girl working the pro-life booth -- I felt a little guilty when she looked so excited for a second that someone had actually made eye contact with her. The scientology booth, sadly, was hopping when I passed it. Three people in there, two getting tested or whatnot and the other way too interested in listening to their lies.

Posted by sloggerette | June 23, 2008 8:30 PM

People, I'm the "coward" "hiding" my face from the camera. Except that I'm not hiding my face! Whoever took this picture took it at the precise moment I was removing my sweatshirt since it was warming up. I am a proud Republican (And yes, I'm the same Mark Griswold that ran for 43rd district Representative in 2004 and the same Mark Griswold who is campaign consultant for current 43rd district Representative candidate. And for those of you that think anyone that supports the war needs to serve that's a pretty stupid comment but doesn't apply to me either way because I served in the United States Navy.
As for the GOP booth being the lonliest place around this weekend, sorry to burst your limited view of the United States and even Fremont but we signed up 43 new volunteers for the cause and gave out upwards of 100 McCain and Rossi yard signs. Several 100 more people walked by and gave us encouraging and positive comments. There's more of us than you think. We just have better things to do than go down to Westlake Center and protest. Those better things are called jobs which actually contribute to the economy and pay for most of the social programs you so dearly love.

And fun fact of the day: Fremont was named after John C Fremont, first Republican presidential candidate. The neighborhood is also largely owned by Republican Suzy Burke who is kind enough to let all you left wingers use her parking lots to protest.

Posted by Mark Griswold | June 24, 2008 9:49 PM

Mark, Mark, Mark... mighty broad brush you're painting with, no? You know, I thought that the protest was a cornerstone of Americana, what with that Boston Tea Party and all. And yet, somehow, the founding fathers managed to do other productive things too. Think about it.

P.S> Republican doesn't mean the same thing it meant back in the day. When your party isn't completely full of out of touch dipshits like yourself, get back to me.

Posted by Donolectic | June 29, 2008 9:54 AM

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