2008 Hello, Voting Public
posted by October 17 at 13:10 PMon
Today’s Weekday was a little crazy, and quite entertaining. We took calls from a bunch of those fabled Obama-Rossi voters, one of whom suggested I wasn’t an American and claimed that his vote was going to be determined largely by an offensive public art tire sculpture at a transfer station in… I think it was Lynnwood.*
I don’t know if the audio is up yet, but once it is, it’s really worth a listen if you’re interested in the current Red Scare in Washington and curious about who these ticket-splitting voters are—and how they explain their plans to vote for, say, Obama, Rossi, and Reichert.
One thing that ran through the calls was a plain old “throw the bums out” mentality. Doesn’t matter what the politician’s party is, said one caller—he’s voting against every incumbent out there this year. Another strain of complaint, this one from a couple of self-identified Democrats, is that Gov. Christine Gregoire simply hasn’t earned their votes. They’re so disappointed in her—on everything from the Viaduct to general charisma—that they’re willing to vote for Rossi just to punish Gregoire and send a message to the state party that it had better put up better candidates in the future.
* Do you have any idea what this guy was talking about? I was shown a YouTube video of this offending sculpture after the show, but now I can’t find it—it involves truck tires and wind whistling through them and is apparently so infuriating it’s costing public officials votes.
UPDATE: Yes! Commenter SP (@11) is correct, the offending public art is in fact in Shoreline. And here is video of said public art, which is apparently destroying at least one voter’s faith in his elected officials: