Jay Inslee—God love him—was right on message today at the Capitol Hill Block Party. Marriage for all, pro for the choices, etc. etc. I got the chance to catch up with him backstage before Twin Shadow rocked the house, and he had some wisdom about the youthful crowd.
"People are arguing about what to call this generation," said Jay when asked about why young, hip, Capitol Hillians should vote. "I think it will be called the forward generation."
The forward generation, he explained, would move forward on a plethora of social, environmental, and economic issues that old folks are hung up on. He was certain that Washington will pass marriage equality with Referendum 74 this fall, and stressed the importance of talking about why marriage matters.
Jay, ever the gentleman, wouldn't go after McKenna over the recent #asians brouhaha. Saying that he didn't want to "politicize" the unfortunate event, Jay didn't say what he'd do if put in McKenna's position.
His eyes are closed (sorry about that) but he's seeing clearly.
His speech on stage to rile up the crowd fell a bit short—he talked about his elation over "Same Love," the new homo-happy song by "The Macklemore." Confidential to Jay: It's Referendum 74, not Initiative 74. Yes, he said that. Womp-womp. Even with the flubs, his message was right on the money. Jay may not excite a crowd like Obama, but he's the liberal word-dropper we need in office.