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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Timing and Perspective

Posted by on Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 6:39 AM

For all the consternation among local GOPers about their three-decades-long exile from the governor's mansion, it is perhaps useful to note that Olympia might not look quite so blue if we elected our governors during non-presidential election years. That little boost of Democratic turnout every four years can make all the difference, Governor Rossi might tell you.

And yes, I know it's been 18 years since a Republican has won a US Senate race here too, but Maria Cantwell's one mid-term election was against a weak opponent during the Big Blue Wave of 2006, and, well, PATTY MURRAY!!!

Politics is complicated stuff!

 

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Pope Peabrain 1
Thanks Goldy. It is imperative to impress on people the importance of every single election.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on November 13, 2012 at 6:57 AM · Report this
Tacoma Traveler 2
There is no such thing as a pity vote. And whining about how nobody likes you and you never get laid (err... elected) only makes you even less attractive.

"My platform and our candidates suck so bad we've lost every election for two decades" is nothing to brag about. Or wallow in. Its time to re-examine your platform and your slate, and ask yourself why people avoid you at the ballot box.
Posted by Tacoma Traveler on November 13, 2012 at 7:04 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 3
How does a republican win when half the state is filled with crazy teabaggers and you still have to win a large chunk of King County? Well...you find yourself losing a lot.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on November 13, 2012 at 7:10 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 4
But don't more Republicans turn out in presidential years, too? I'm not sure you've got a point on that count.

If you did things in off years like most states, and Locke had begun in 98 and retired in 06, Gregoire likely would have won without the need for a recount. That was the first big blue election nationally, after all. (If it had happened in 02, well, who can say then?)
Posted by Matt from Denver on November 13, 2012 at 7:26 AM · Report this
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I think it's rather interesting that despite the Democrats near lock on all statewide offices, the Republicans have maintained a lock on the office of Secretary of State since 1964 -- far longer than the Democrats have controlled the governorship.
Posted by Smartypants on November 13, 2012 at 7:44 AM · Report this
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Goldy whats your analysis on why the GOP has such a lock on the Sec of State's office?Just curious.
Posted by Seattle14 on November 13, 2012 at 8:16 AM · Report this
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Jindal: End 'dumbed-down conservatism'

“We’ve got to make sure that we are not the party of big business, big banks, big Wall Street bailouts, big corporate loopholes, big anything,” Jindal told POLITICO in a 45-minute telephone interview. “We cannot be, we must not be, the party that simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys.”


http://www.politico.com/news/stories/111…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on November 13, 2012 at 8:22 AM · Report this
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Maybe the drought will end when the Times finally implodes for good. The Blethen endorsement curse has been cruel to the Grand Ol' Party over the years...
Posted by Mr. Happy Sunshine on November 13, 2012 at 9:10 AM · Report this
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Got to admit that I never saw Patty Murray's rise to power coming, but what a job she's done. Could she be Harry Reid's heir apparent when he retires at the end of his current term?
Posted by I Got Nuthin' on November 13, 2012 at 9:40 AM · Report this
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I was shocked when I learned that there's only a handful of female senators. I'm so used to having two of them, I had no idea the rest of the country was so patriarchal.
Posted by originalcinner on November 13, 2012 at 9:43 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 11
@ 5/6, I remember The Stranger endorsing Republican Sam Reed for Sec'y of State last time I could vote for that race. He proved to be on the side of the law when he denied Rossi's challenges to the recount in 2004. I was worried he'd end the recount before it was done, a la Florida 2000, but he seemed to understand that his duty was to Washington, not the Washington GOP.
Posted by Matt from Denver on November 13, 2012 at 10:32 AM · Report this
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@9 I wouldn't be surprised.
Posted by CbytheSea on November 13, 2012 at 2:11 PM · Report this

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